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Arizona Man Wins Free Trip to Space

•, by Mike Wall

In a ceremony held at the Space Needle today, famed moonwalker Buzz Aldrin announced that Gregory Schneider had won the suborbital spaceflight, an award valued at $110,000.

The free rocket ride is the grand prize of a months-long competition called Space Race 2012, which is sponsored by the Space Needle and space tourism company Space Adventures.

The contest officially opened in August 2011 and attracted more than 50,000 entrants from all over the country, according to Space Needle officials. But today, it all came down to Schneider, who's from Tucson, and Sara Cook of Washington, D.C. 
 Schneider and Cook were the last two finalists remaining from a group of five that had gathered in Seattle on Monday (May 7) to compete in a series of mysterious challenges.

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