We have the opportunity to send a Chiver to space (16 Photos)

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To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Seattle Space Needle has teamed up with Space Adventures to create a rather unique competition. One lucky winner will be strapped to a rocket and launched 62 miles above the earth, into space (62 miles is the official NASA definition of space).

50,000 people originally entered the space race. The field was then trimmed to 1,000. All 1,000 finalists were asked to submit a 2 minute video describing why they deserved a ride in the hot seat. On the merit of their videos, the field was whittled down to 20. One of our own, Gregory Schneider has made the top 20. And I'm not surprised at all. Watching his video and talking to Gregory on the phone, his presence at the cusp of space is not a surprise.

You see, Gregory's motivation to leave our atmosphere has very little to do with himself and everything to do with inspiring his own children, Emi -7 and Jude -3, as well as thousands of other children, to aspire to their dreams.

Back in the day when our generation grew up, we all wanted to be astronauts. There's something magical about the heavens right above us that fascinates children. As kids, we reach for the sky in hopes that, someday when we get a little taller, when we grow up, we may touch it.

Gregory told me, "We all feel pulled upward toward the stars, like all of our descendants over the past 94,000 years. We are, after all, made of star stuff."

But with the dissolution of the shuttle program and overall space cutbacks, this new generation's dreams have been grounded. But there is hope. Recently, private space travel has emerged.

Private space travel has only recently been feasible and it's only been accessible for the elite who pay millions to take the ride. Right now, for the first time ever, one private citizen, just like you and I, from the same economic class as you and I, will have a chance to visit space and gaze back down upon this small, fragile, planet, and return to share his perspective with us. More importantly, he will be able to share his experience with his children, and other young people to help them reignite their dreams, whatever they may be.

Gregory also wants to be able to describe the earth in ways many may not see it, from the outside in, "So few have seen the beauty of the Earth, as a cosmic object, in relation to the enormous expanse of the universe. The more we can view this planet as the place that holds us all, the more we'll realize we're all in this together. It’s ours, you see. That now private citizens may be able to gain this perspective and share it, I believe, can only bring good things to the world."

Let's send a Chiver into space.

Your vote will decide who makes the final 5. The final 5 will be flown to Seattle to compete in various physical and metal challenges to decide the winner.

Simply follow this link to the Space Race Facebook page. Click on 'Vote for Entry'. Facebook will ask you to grant the Space Needle's facebook app permission, which should be the same as most other apps on Facebook. After this, your vote will be counted.

If Gregory wins, he will be launched into space wearing KCCO. For a few brief moments, he will remove his restraints and experience weightlessness. I can’t imagine what that will be like, but I cannot wait to hear all about it. Chivers, blast the Facebook page.

Cast your vote for Gregory right here.

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  • Julie

    this is BADASS!!!!!

    • fignewton

      Too bad, FB wanted to access my basic information, NO THANKS!

    • http://www.thechive.com AdamBaldick

      no you are

    • Guesty

      Remeber everyone it says " Details
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      Thanks for your vote!

      You get one vote a day. Check back again tomorrow to vote again.

      Now share with your friends!

    • stann

      Fuck you julie you skank

  • justin

    God Speed space brother.

    • that guy

      rocket man!

  • Splash Down

    You didn't support my cause I won't support yours. Petty or no, fuck you Chive

    • rod

      chive dont support stupidity..

    • CorbinKeith

      Not Chive like at all captain. Keep your head up and KCCO. The Chive is not your enemy

    • derp

      perhaps instead of acting like a child you could have posted something positive, stated what your cause was and asked for support right here. I'd bet cash that you would have gotten the support you wanted and then some. KCCO

    • SquishyFlint

      It's alright, man. Everyone has some shitty times in their lives, when they feel like no one is there to lend them a supporting hand. We'll pick up the slack for you and send Greg into space on all of our behalves (even yours). Good luck in your future endeavours, and KCCO.

    • Tan

      That is not very Chive-like of you. Just remember Karma's a bitch, but only if you are

    • anguish

      Yep.. Definitely petty..

    • US Ranger

      Poor you….what a shame. You say "fuck you chive" but you still visit the site long enough to post your rant. Pathetic. Very un-chive like. KCCO !!!

    • http://twitter.com/subhuman666 @subhuman666

      With that attitude, no wonder why Chive didn't support you huh?

    • http://twitter.com/Joshhooger @Joshhooger

      petty and sad, Definitely not KCCO spirit man. We cant support everyone's cause, or else i would start a cause to do something about petty whiny little babies who don't know how to be grateful for good things around them

    • idntthnkso

      Fuckin rights brother!

  • gmen

    lets make it happen! chive on from space!!

    • _Moose_

      Is it really space, though? The "places to visit before the world ends" post the other day put Machu Picchu at almost 8,000 miles above sea-level.

  • Jennifer

    fuck i love this website

    #16, #15, #1

  • Tim

    He is in fourth place right now, let's get him into first. KCCO!

    • Mrs_Conejo

      he is in first now.
      2:08 central time

    • Julie

      How can u see what place hes in

  • Big Jon

    2ND HAHA

  • Albus Q

    Lets do this!!! KCCO!!!

  • bitchplease

    hey chive how much would something like this cost?

  • barkly

    vaulted from 5th to 2nd in about 2 minutes flat

  • Zedhere

    Chive On!

  • mikey

    countdown to first place


    • Katie

      He's there!

  • LucretiusCaro

    "The final 5 will be flown to Seattle to compete in various physical and metal challenges to decide the winner."

    Metal challenges? Like a Thunderdome-style cage match against Lemmy? Or maybe you have to outscream the lead singer of Slayer? Or be a bigger prick than Lars Ulrich? Or see if you can out-whine Dave Mustaine when it comes to being thrown out of Metallica? That would be awesomely metal.

  • SweetAwesomeness

    If this guy wins…can we also send Paula strapped to the outside of that rocket? #15

    • Don

      This legit made me laugh out loud while eating lunch. Thank you!

      • HatBomb

        Ditto, I'm still chuckling.

  • the_mike

    Voted, KCCO Gregory!

  • Mojo Nixon

    I was with it until he said law student.

    • mittens

      So long as there is a return trip involved, I'm not interested in sending lawyers into space either.

    • law kid

      I know Gregory from school, and I will be the first to admit that many of our classmates are assholes. Hell, I might be one of them. However, Greg is not. He is laid back, soft spoken, and incredibly smart without throwing it in everyone's faces. His facebook says he plans to clerk for a judge after graduation. So, judge his character if you must, but I figured you should know this first.

    • TheJesus

      I was with it until they said his kids were -7 and -3. come back when they're actually born!

  • mark may

    "There's something magical about the heavens right above us that fascinates children. As kids, we reach for the sky in hopes that, someday when we get a little taller, when we grow up, we may touch it"

    it's a photo blog, I know, but when John can throw down the literary hammer when he feels like it.

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  • Sluttypanda

    holy tits

  • leafsfan2005

    Voted – but seriously – KCCO shirts are so damn hard to come by, will he actually have one?

    • Bankor

      So basically its easier to get to space than it is to get a KCCO shirt.

    • mittens

      The scarcity of shirts for sale is intentional, but there are always shirts available for promotion. It's not rocket science (pun intended)…

      • leafsfan2005

        LOL… Good One.. KCCO From Space!

    • YOdo

      They have a small reserve to give out to hot chivettes and good deeds like these…

    • HatBomb

      I imagine that one would be on the house, I mean, Keep Calm and Chive On, from fucking space?!

  • Niko

    Vote has been cast

  • NebraskaGuy

    Good luck, fellow Chiver!

  • Owen Smithers

    #11 Well, that a fine how-do-ya-do!

    • BloodScrubber

      Kinda puts things into perspective huh? Treat life nicely. We only get one. ;)

      • Owen Smithers

        Bingo, brother!

  • Master_Rahl

    To infinity, and BEYOND!! Good luck, Gregory!

  • Wet_tosti

    I vote for you if you promise to take Paula with you!

    • SquishyFlint

      Only if he also agrees to leave her up there ;)

    • HatBomb

      And leave her there…

    • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

      You DO want the shuttle to get off the ground, do you?

      – the one

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