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

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.

  • bill

    If Lindsay provided a little underboob it might help boost the votes.

  • passwordistaco

    Carl Sagan rocked #11. Good luck Gregory.

  • Rando

    I’ll second the lindsay underboob

  • David

    Send a lawyer to space? Hell ya!!!

    Oh, he's gonna come back? I guess…

  • sneakypete

    Lets do this Chivers! he's currently 4th, lets see if the power of chive can change this

  • Booger

    Only if Lindsay poses nearly naked for the Chive. Oh and if he passes the various "metal" challenges.

  • Verbal_Kint

    KKCO would be awesome on the side of the rocket. like CCCP from years gone by.

  • ThatGuy

    Voted and got everyone in the office to vote as well. We will keep hitting it up

  • etcrr

    Good Luck my fellow Chiver, I do hope you make it, take lots of photos Gods Speed

  • Tillman61

    Happy travels, spacedude! I hope you win and wear a KCCO shirt in outer space. Safety first, come back to that beautiful family of yours! Best of luck –

  • Bryan

    Got my vote. Good Luck.

  • luvmyechive

    I voted good luck Greg!

  • Mr C

    that's awesome, chive i freakin love you guys

    good luck to you greg, to boldly chive where no man has chived before

    • Albus Q

      that'd make a good shirt as well

  • supreme

    How is it possible that he is still only 4th place after this has been here for like 20 minutes!

    • Alpha0010

      He jumped around a lot. For a while (based on previous comments) he made it to second, so others got voted for then.

  • Mandy

    Voting done. Good luck and CHIVE ON!

  • http://www.thesocialrehab.com Onizel

    Vote casted!

  • Mandy

    He’s #3 now, keep voting!

  • Vote master

    Done and done and done and shared link and made my employees vote

  • Jtrain

    Lindsay’s tits, gap and hump … Or no vote.

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

    love the chive community, so cute

  • DD84

    he should stop falling asleep during this video first…

  • http://Chive Ryan

    That depends. Can he get me a tee shirt?

  • Ned Plimpton

    What's in it for me???

  • HatBomb

    Voted! Anyone have a link to where we can track what place he is in?

    Also, we can vote everyday Chivers, lets see this thing through to the 18th!

  • Banksy

    Nasa has a 66% failure rate, with noobs building rockets now, best of luck not exploding!

    • TheBAMFinater

      Needs citation.

      • None

        Its actually not too far off the mark, obviously including unmanned flights which have slightly less robust safety measures.

        I believe that actual failure rate for all of Nasa/JPL is in the 20%-30% range.

        I'm pretty sure a private corporation with the financial liabilities of failure being catastrophic for business will do as good a job or better than NASA, which is tempted to stretch its shoestring budget to meet as many goals as possible.

        Have a nice flight, if you win, know that you will be, in my opinion, the luckiest human being alive. People win the lottery every day, but a regular civilian going into space for free. You're the only one in existence up until now.

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