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.

  • bhs

    Seeing earth from space has always been a personal dream of mine. Now that you have a chance go for it! KCCO!

  • Yeah Buddy!!!

    Says you can vote everyday, is there a way to keep this at the top so that people can vote every day?

  • AnyoneForCoffee

    Sooooo, this has nothing to do with the free advertising for this website when their t-shirt is seen on the publicity shots then?

    WTF, voted. Motivations aside, he seems a nice bloke so happy to do make a little effort to give a stranger a memory of a lifetime.

    …Please do NOT turn out to be a conning douche!

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Why isn't my comment appearing?

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

    KCCO Space brethren!

  • A.J. Rubio

    Gotta vote for this guy! Chive On

  • idntthnkso

    If anyone goes into space it should be a Chiver? give me a fucking break…so we should all vote for this guy because he visits this website? You've got to be fucking kidding me….there are more deserving people on the list if you bothered to look at it. Why should i vote for this law student knob on the premise that he visits this site….FUCK THAT.

  • Notmyname

    Great looking kids Gregory – Good luck, and Chive on!

  • Jwinter

    Voted. Enjoy the ride

  • MemoCarrllg

    Voted KCCO!

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  • roadhog0

    Voted! KCCO man!!

  • Will

    Very cool, your kids have a great dad

  • 817-chive

    Voted. KKCO!

  • Alan

    Dis nigga is goin to space.

  • Sco

    Chive, nicely played! Voted and pro this action! Chive on!

  • Bob

    Gateway timeout error keeps happening. Trying to KCCO from South Africa

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  • majorfathead

    Done and done KCCO

  • Pat

    He looks ike Chris Phillips of the Ottawa Senators

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