Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson returned from his first space flight on Sunday, touching down on Earth after a quick trip to the edge of space via the VSS Unity space plane.
The spaceflight company plans to eventually sell tickets for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it’s saving two seats on one of its next voyages for sweepstakes winners.
Charity fundraising platform Omaze is giving away two tickets for one of the VSS Unity’s first commercial flights. The winner and one guest are set to be among the first everyday citizens to travel aboard a spacecraft.
You can enter through Aug. 31, and will support the nonprofit Space for Humanity, which aims to send citizen astronauts of diverse racial, economic and disciplinary backgrounds to space.
“Richard (Branson) and Space for Humanity are pioneering in democratizing access to space, making it something not just available to the ultra-high net worth individuals or astronauts but available to all humans,” Omaze CEO and co-founder Matt Pohlson told USA TODAY. “It’s really about making it available to everybody.”
How do I enter the sweepstakes?
Those interested can enter online at omaze.com/space. The minimum suggested donation is $10, although no donation is required to enter. Each $10 donation is equivalent to 100 entries, and there is a $300 donation cap.
“Many talk about (space) as the next frontier of humanity,” Pohlson said. “Our understanding space helps us understand who we are … our human potential. We think all human beings should have access to unlock their potential.”
The sweepstakes are open to entries from around the world from those 18 and older. Virgin Galactic has yet to release information on when the flight will take off or where it will launch.
Rachel Lyons, the executive director of Space for Humanity, believes viewing Earth from space can offer a new perspective of the planet. She and the rest of the nonprofit are working to make this experience accessible to more people.
“We all share this planet together. And we need to take care of it and we need to take care of each other,” Lyons said. “By giving people around the world access to this experience and this perspective, we can begin to shift our relationship on a collective level with each other and with our planet.”
Eighty percent of the net proceeds raised through the sweepstake supports Space for Humanity. The remaining 20% goes to Omaze, a for-profit company…Read more>>