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.

  • Trey

    Best to you, Gregory. Take a lot of pics.

  • http://youtube.com/user/perryinjax perryinjax

    What was the point of the stacked boxes covered with a sheet? I did not get that part or why it was in the video..
    What was THAT about?

  • B.Dick

    Your wife’s hot. I’ll take care of her while your gone

    • more like, tiny

      you're a douche. Chuck Norris is in town, he'll be her private body guard. have fun, asshole

  • US Ranger

    You can get a lot of down the blouse shots from space!! One CHIVER in space…..all CHIVERS in space. God Speed Gregory. KCCO

  • Dingu

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

    See you tomorrow 😀

  • Sammie

    Voted. And I agree with dude up there ^, You got to get him a shirt. Chances are he won't be able to buy one at the chivery they sell out so quick. I came across one on ebay going for 120$. I been trying to get my hubs one for months but I am NOT paying that much for a tshirt.

  • WoogyMonster

    Let's make this mofo an astronaut shall we?

  • http://youtube.com/user/perryinjax perryinjax

    How did Chive settle on THIS guy? I had never heard about this contest but followed the link and checked out some of the other vids and was MUCH more inspired by the video by some dude named John Herman.. I like that he conquered his fear of heights and was already doing stuff at the SpaceNeedle and on the web prior to this contest even being conceived. My vote goes to Herman despite me being a loyal Chiver.. But the only thing this video has going for it that Herman's lacked was the floating bunny… yet there were several things that his vid had on this one.. the bunny just wasn't enough to sway me.. sorry 😦

    • shtsquid

      I agree…I'm not voting for him stricly on the premise that he happens to visit this site. You're right…John Herman is much more deserving.

  • profoundgarage

    My vote is cast. If anyone gets to go to space it should be a Chiver. Good luck, Gregory!

  • http://youtube.com/user/perryinjax perryinjax

    Why no ladder in picture #12 but in all the others of the rocket?

    • Midwest Chivette

      It's a trap!

  • spydermonkey

    Done! Chive on.

  • B. Ier

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

    So they will be asked questions like: is this an iron or a steel bucket?

  • Voter

    Currently in 2nd. C'mon Chivers…let's get it done. Sign up for FB if you have to. Stop monkeying around dammit.

  • TheBAMFinater

    Hey you can vote once a day. Chive you need to post this everyday.


  • Tyler

    Voted, I hope you get to go!!

  • Eduardo

    wont let me vote, says there is a problem signing in?

  • lauren

    With all us chivers and chivettes voting this man will win.. best of luck. Kcco!!!

  • Tyler89

    Vote casted, best of luck fellow Chiver!

  • LiQiDVeX

    I have a slight feeling we're being trolled for votes. Is this his first entry?

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  • JayMackB

    Why would I vote for a man who would feed his child to a giant eagle?

  • http://twitter.com/PrivateEyes141 @PrivateEyes141

    Vote has been cast. Good luck & God speed, Gregory. KCCO.

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  • Sal

    Keep Calm and Prosper!

  • VancouverOaf

    4th to 1st in one hour … great stuff! Chive on!

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