Win a ticket for a flight into space

The folks at AXE ( a line of grooming products for men) have kicked off a contest to give away 22 tickets for a seat on a suborbital spacecraft – and they’re recruited astronaut Buzz Aldrin to help with the promotion. (See below).

Rules vary by country and market, but it appears that contestants outside the U.S. need to create an “astronaut profile” explaining why they want to go to space, gather enough votes to qualify for some sort of challenge that might win them a spot in a space camp in Orlando, Florida and from there possibly get chosen for one of the 22 slots on the flight.

Entrants from the U.S. appear to have it much easier. Just go to this site before February 3rd and fill out a form.

At Seattle’s World Fair: space was the place

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair — an event shaped by the Soviet Union’s launch of sputnik, President Eisenhower’s creation of NASA and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon.

I’ve been working on a series of short radio pieces about the fair with public radio station KUOW and Jack Straw Productions and had lots of fun working on this piece we’ve titled “Space the Place,” which includes parts of my interview with astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, who attended the fair when she was 13 years old and already certain that she’d make her way into space.

Please give a listen and let me know what you think.

The project is funded by 4Culture in Seattle.

Preview of Shuttle Discovery arrival at IAD

Weather permitting, the space shuttle Discovery is due to touch down at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) on Tuesday on its way to the  Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

In anticipation, the 3D simulation experts at Technology Integration Services have created a computer generated simulation of what that arriving flight might look like.

In ‘real life’, on Sunday NASA mounted the space shuttle Discovery on a jumbo jet in preparation for the flight from Florida to Virginia.  (Here’s a link to a story describing how they did that and what will happen next).

For updated information on the delivery and display activities of all the space shuttles (Discovery, Enterprise, Endevour and Atlantis, see the Collect Space website, which is keeping track of all the comings and goings and has some incredible photos.