Following Sunday’s successful Unity 22 mission, Virgin Galactic is giving away two free seats on the aerospace company’s first commercial suborbital spaceflight slated for 2022.
The giveaway, in partnership with charity fundraiser Omaze, will allow the winners to experience microgravity at the edge of space aboard Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity.
Interested individuals can make a charitable donation on Omaze between now and August 31. The proceeds will be given to Space for Humanity, a non-profit which aims to “expand access to space, train our leaders of tomorrow and contribute to a culture of interconnectedness.”
“We are so incredibly grateful to Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic for giving us the opportunity to be the charity of choice in this revolutionary initiative,” Space for Humanity Executive Director Rachel Lyons said. “This is a historic moment for life on this planet. We now have the opportunity to share this perspective for the common good. It is my hope that by democratizing access to space, we will collectively renew our relationship with our planet, and each other, allowing for a prosperous future on and off the planet.”
Submissions for the sweepstakes will close on Sept. 1, with winners expected to be announced around Sept. 29.
In addition to the seats, winners will be given an all-expenses–paid trip to New Mexico and a tour of Spaceport America by Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson.
“I was honoured to test the incredible customer experience onboard Virgin Galatic’s spaceship VSS Unity as part of this remarkable crew of mission specialists – and now astronauts,” Branson said in a statement. “How you feel when you look down on Earth is impossible to put into words, it’s just indescribable beauty. I can’t wait for you all to get up there.”…Read more>>