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Now casting nationwide: Discovery Channel’s Who Wants to Be an Astronaut

20 May 2021, 12:00 UTC
Now casting nationwide: Discovery Channel’s Who Wants to Be an Astronaut
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Do you want to be an astronaut? That’s the question the Discovery Channel is asking people with a new reality show competition Who Wants to Be an Astronaut?, announced on Monday, May 18, 2021. The Discovery Channel says it aims to send one ordinary (but lucky) person on a space tourism trip to the International Space Station (ISS). The winner will be a crew member for Axiom Mission 2 (AX-2), the second mission from Axiom Space to transport a fully private group of space travelers to the ISS following AX-1, which is set to take place as early as January 2022. Who will get to go? The Discovery Channel said:
We’re not looking for rocket scientists. This is an opportunity for regular people to have the chance to travel to space and share that journey with the world. (Ok, ok, if you’re a rocket scientist you’re welcome to apply too!)
Discovery’s announcement is less than a week old, but NASA has yet to promote or comment on it so far. That vagueness parallels a different spaceflight reality show competition called Space Hero, which also announced that it had signed a Space Act Agreement with NASA. NASA has not said ...

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