You only have a few days left to try and win the opportunity to go into space in the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission, which should go into Earth orbit at the end of 2021.
By the end of this week, go to the Inspiration4 website to win one of the last two places, along with billionaire and commander Jared Isaacman and Hayley Arceneaux, an assistant physician at St. John’s Children’s Research Hospital. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee who survived bone cancer and was selected to join the mission as the crew’s chief medical officer.
Isaacman donated two more mission sites to get the public out into space with him. Each passenger in the Inspiration4 mission has a code name: Isaacman is “Leadership,” Arceneaux is “Hope,” and the remaining two positions in the mission will represent “Prosperity” and “Generosity”.
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The first opportunity requires competitors to launch a store on the Shift4Shop e-commerce platform – Isaacman is the company’s CEO – and to “post their inspirational business story on Twitter” to take a place that represents prosperity.
“If you’re ever hesitant to start an e-commerce business, this could be one of the best opportunities to elevate your business to stardom,” Isaacman told Space.com about the headquarters of prosperity in a video interview.
Another opportunity seeks a donation for St. Jude – a Memphis-based hospital that treats patients with children for free – to potentially provide a seat that represents Generosity. Larger amounts of donations will receive more applications to the competition. The amounts listed range between $ 10 for 100 applications) and $ 5,000 (for 10,000 applications) or you can adjust the amount of the donation. Each level also receives benefits, such as mission posters or vintage T-shirts.
“It’s not an auction,” Isaacman told Space.com about the Generosity headquarters. “He’s not some rich person giving $ 50 or $ 60 million for a place. Those are equal conditions right now. Well, if you’re thinking of donating for just one great goal – St. Jude – go to the mission’s website. Try it.”
The mission is being touted as the first fully private manned orbital mission and will not include professional astronauts, and SpaceX is a pioneering effort by companies to boost space tourism. Several well-honed 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 bring paying customers into suborbit.
The deadline to apply for the competition is Sunday at 11:59 PM EST (0459, March 1 GMT). You can sign up at inspiration.com and read the official competition rules here.
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