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Danish TV Show Prize Will Be Trip To Space

TV executives in Denmark are developing a new game show that will offer a future trip to space for the lucky winner. Jarowskij, a Scandinavian TV production firm is teaming with Danish TV2 for the show. The show, called "The Great Mission," is open to Danish citizens ages 18 and older. Luck alone will not get someone to the cosmos. Competitors also have to prove they have got the "right stuff" physically and mentally.

Some 5,000 Danes are expected to compete over the course of 10 shows to test their knowledge of space subjects and demonstrate their physical prowess, teamwork and mental strength. Tickets for the show will go on sale May 29 in Denmark for about US$10 each. The price covers accommodations during the filming and the chance for one of the contestants to win a sub-orbital trip aboard a still-to-be-built spacecraft. Contestants will first travel through a sort of maze in which they proceed down various corridors by correctly answering space questions. A wrong answer will eject them from the competition. This, as well as the rest of the tests they will encounter, is designed to weed out the participants from 500 to one in just one hour of show time.

The ten Danish finalists will travel to Florida's "space coast" to face further challenges of astronaut training at U.S. Space Camp and to visit historic NASA sites at Cape Canaveral. There the competitors will try out different space-related assignments, from solving physical problems in a simulated zero-G environment to repairing equipment using space tools. The single winner of this "space race" will then be awarded a ticket to space as a backseat passenger in a sub-orbital flight. The flight will occur in a private reusable spacecraft that has yet to be developed. Space Adventures of Alexandria, Va., is arranging the trip.

The first 10 shows are to be aired on Danish TV this October through December. The final round is scheduled to run from February to April 2001. The ride itself could happen between 2003 and 2005.


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May 29, 2000

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