Space Needle wants to send a person to orbit

August 2, 2011 5:56:40 AM PDT
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the company that owns Seattle's Space Needle is holding a contest to send a member of the public to space. Space Needle CEO Ron Sevart says the current plans call for the trip to a suborbital launch, with weightlessness lasting about 6 minutes.

Sevart's team was inspired by the space age of the 1960s. The Space Needle opened in 1962 during the World's Fair.

Sevart is partnering with Virginia-based Space Adventures to send a person to orbit. The trip is worth $110,000.

The contest will consist of several levels. Anyone can sign up than a computer will then narrow the field to 1,000 people.

Then there will be public voting.