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

    Voted for you man, best of luck, KCCO from space sir.

  • ::something witty::

    voted chive on spaceman

  • Agent Chuck

    KCCO and best of luck – Voted

  • kcco_seattle

    voted…kcco or die.

  • F3n1x187

    Have we crased FB yet???

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

    • PDiddily420

      So you wanted more black people on The Chive and they put together a whole gallery of black people and you are still pissed?! Do you only want to see pictures of African-Americans and not Africans, or is it the content that you have a problem with? Would you prefer rappers making it rain or wearing obnoxiously expensive jewelry that will likely cause them to go bankrupt? Help us help you, Douche Nozzle.

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

  • stann

    HEY CHIVE YOU LIKE TO MAKE FUN OF GENOCIDE IN AFRICA? http://thechive.com/2012/02/28/meanwhile-in-afric

    WATCH THIS YOU FUCKS. SHAME ON YOU.

    • Dude....

      I think you're taking this a little too seriously bro….Chive on.

  • derp

    I would vote for you..but I don't want to see those kids without a father, really…

    • derp

      Space ain't grandma's house!!!

  • WOOHOO

    Voted! Chive on man! You're in first place!

  • Anonymous

    If im not on facebook can i vote?

  • lise

    just voted…Good luck and KCCO!!!

  • Colin

    The Chive does it again!

  • http://thatsok2me.wordpress.com thatsok2me

    Voted!!:)

    Chive On

  • blackbird163

    do you have to have facebook in order to vote for him?😦

  • Jewels

    Well written John. I placed my vote. Good Luck Gregory.

  • Kevin

    Just voted for Greg, good luck SpaceBro!

  • guest

    Done, without question! I drove from Michigan to Florida with my 5 and 3 years olds (I was also 7 months pregnant) to see the last Space Shuttle launch for this very same reason. Inspire our children with positive action! Godspeed to you!

  • Wet_tosti

    You may quote " Be the first troll in space. Flush your self down the garbage disposal. Return to earth's atmosphere as the falling star you are and hopefully a little child will see you fall and wishes to be like Gregory!

  • jcs01201964

    VoTeD !! good luck !!

  • CorwinNorway

    Got my vote. KCCO

  • Mojomatrix

    Kick Ass ! Dude's got my vote ! Pretty cool that he's doing it to inspire his kids !

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