To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, organizers decided to create a multi-tiered contest to send a member of the public into space.

Ron Sevart, President and CEO of the Pacific Northwest landmark, said that they were inspired by questioning why the Space Needle was built and decided to send a person into orbit using a company from the burgeoning private space travel industry.

The winning trip to space would be a suborbital shot, with about 6 minutes of zero gravity, Garriott said. The details will come later. Space Adventure is still developing the vessels that will be used for the excursions. The cost for the grand prize is about $110,000.

The organizers believe that this is an opportunity for the average person have chance to do something very few people have ever done. The activity will help celebrate the future of space travel.

The contest will have several stages. The winner will be announced in April 2012, right at the 50th birthday of the Space Needle’s opening.

Read more information about the contest here at Seattle Times.


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