Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 5, March 16, 2012
   
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Seattle Space Needle

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Seattle's Space Needle
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Alumnus Competing To Win a Trip to Space

Savan Becker ’92 has always dreamed of going into space. Now, thanks to the “Space Race 2012 Sweepstakes,” conducted by Seattle’s Space Needle as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, he finally may get the chance!

Your vote, on the Space Needle page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/spaceneedle), will narrow the current 20 contestants down to five. In the final round, these winning contestants will compete in physical challenges to determine the ultimate winner.

The grand prize consists of a suborbital spaceflight, up to an altitude of about 62 miles (100 kilometers), the internationally accepted boundary of outer space. The flight, aboard a vehicle provided by Space Adventures and Armadillo Aerospace, will last about 30 minutes from takeoff to landing, with about six minutes of zero gravity.

Becker is a major and space operations officer in the U.S. Air Force reserve, and a space systems analyst for the Department of Defense. He says he jumped at the chance to enter the contest and perhaps fulfill his lifelong dream of going into space. From the time he was a 3-year-old in Manhattan, he says, watching a rocket launch on TV, he was fixated with the idea of space travel. As a father of two, he strives to instill the same passion for exploration on to his sons.

Visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/spaceneedle though March 18 to vote for Becker, and help continue Rensselaer's proud tradition of alumni and space.

“Like many of us, going into space has been a dream of mine since I was in grade school,” says Becker. “Moreover, I really want to do this to inspire my two sons and their friends, and help keep the dream of human spaceflight alive for their generation.”

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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, Number 5, March 16, 2012
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