Movie sweepstakes aren't usually all that impressive. Occasionally a lucky fan may win an item from the production of the film, but more often than not the "Grand Prize" is a poster and a t-shirt. Fun!
That's not the case with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Partnering with online movie ticket website Fandango and spaceflight development company XCOR Aerospace, every person who buys an Interstellar ticket on Fandango from now until Dec. 1 will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes. The grand prize? A seat aboard XCOR's Lynx Mark II spacecraft. The sweepstakes is also sponsored by Paramount Pictures and technology and culture website, Motherboard.
A seat on the Lynx Mark II would normally cost around $100,000 for a trip that will take passengers 62 miles above the Earth's surface. Winners will be provided round-trip airfare to the spaceport and hotel accommodations. The winner, of course, will have to undergo a medical exam in order to determine if they are mentally and physically healthy enough to make the trip, as well as complete training courses in preparations for the flight. If space flight isn't your thing, you can always take prize B to the tune of $75,000. That's not too shabby either.
It's a sweet deal, especially for those who planned to see Interstellar anyways. Those not interested in the movie can still enter the sweepstakes, no ticket purchase necessary, but where's the fun in that?
Of course, watching the space adventures of Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway go terribly wrong might be a deterrent to go on a space-faring adventure of your own. But don't let that get you down. You probably won't fly through a wormhole or anything.
"Frontiers are not opened by the faint-hearted," XCOR CEO Jeff Greason says, according to The Wrap. "‘Interstellar' offers those of us working to create a hopeful future for humanity in space the chance to stop and enjoy the vistas of that future for a few hours, and this flight makes it possible for one more person to take the journey with us onboard Lynx."
As for when the flight will actually take place, XCOR isn't giving out any exact dates. They are expecting to make the voyage sometime in 2017.
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