You only have a few days left to try and win your chance to go to space on the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission, which is scheduled to launch into Earth orbit in late 2021.
Until the end of this week, visit the Inspiration4 website to win one of its final two seats, along with billionaire commander Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux, a medical assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who survived bone cancer. and was selected to join the mission as the crew’s medical director.
Isaacman donated two more mission seats for the public to come into space with him. Each passenger in the Inspiration4 mission has a code name: Isaacman is “Leadership”, Arceneaux is “Hope” and the remaining two seats in the mission will represent “Prosperity” and “Generosity”.
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The first opportunity asks contestants to open a store on the Shift4Shop e-commerce platform (Isaacman is the CEO of the company) and to “post your inspiring business story on Twitter” to get a seat that represents Prosperity.
“If you ever hesitate to start an e-commerce business, this could be one of the best opportunities to elevate your business to the stars,” Isaacman told Space.com of Prosperity’s position in a video interview.
Second Chance requests a donation to St. Jude, a Memphis-based hospital that treats childhood cancer patients free of charge, to potentially secure the seat that represents Generosity. Larger donations will get more entries in the contest. The amounts listed range from $ 10 for 100 tickets) to $ 5,000 (for 10,000 tickets), or you can customize the amount of your donation. Each level also receives benefits, such as a mission poster or a vintage t-shirt.
“This is not an auction,” Isaacman told Space.com of the Generosity seat. “It’s not a wealthy person who’s going to bid $ 50 million or $ 60 million for the seat. It’s a level playing field right now. So whether you’re thinking of donating to an incredible cause in your own right : To St. Jude, go to the mission website. Give it a try. “
The mission is billed as the first fully privately-manned orbital mission and will not include professional astronauts, and SpaceX is a pioneer in the corporate effort to boost space tourism. A handful of wealthy space tourists have flown into space on government missions, and companies like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are working on spacecraft that could one day take paying customers to suborbit.
The deadline to enter the contest is Sunday (February 28) at 11:59 pm EST (0459 March 1 GMT). You can register at inspiration4.com and read the official contest rules here.
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