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Monday, December 05, 2005

South African Woman Wins Space Lotto

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(BizCommunity.com) Julie will join a select group of less than 500 people internationally who have left our atmosphere and will follow in the footsteps of other pioneering South Africans involved in making space tourism a reality [...]

Julie was randomly selected as the winner from amongst ten finalists. There were close to 2,5 million entries received during the three month competition.

The contest, entitled Greatest Rewards on Earth, was sponsored by the First National Bank of South Africa and Ebucks. Julie, 27 year old mother seems thrilled at the opportunity to travel beyond the horizon and is being transported there by a company pioneering the space tourism industry--Space Adventures.

(BizCommunity.com) Julie, a data capturer at an outsourcing company, lives in Centurion with her husband Morne and their eleven month old daughter, Sage. [...]

The prize includes return tickets for Julie and a partner to the point of departure, a five day training course, all meals and accommodation for the duration of the stay, and the much envied seat on the sub-orbital space flight!

Image credit: Photo from BizCommunity.com, (left to right) Lezanne Human, CEO of eBucks, Julie Krause the winner, and Michael Jordaan, CEO of FNB

Julie will go down in South African history as the first woman to travel into space, as well as be one of the first 150 tourists to visit the space station. Her experiences on board will probably help enlighten those "envious on Earth" about what it is like to experience micro-gravity as well as view the sun rise 26 times a day. Hopefully this competition will stir something similar in the US and perhaps Japan and China as well.

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