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You can possibly fly to space for free as early as this October

True story.

By
Anna Ben Yehuda
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Here's a good way to catch up on all the vacationing you've had to miss out on this year: take a trip to space. No, we are not kidding around. 

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As a matter of fact, one Jared Isaacman—the founder and CEO of tech company Shift4 Payments—is offering a few lucky Americans the chance to set off on an orbital journey as a fundraising effort for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The mission has an official name—Inspiration4—and it will take place aboard a SpaceX CrewDragon capsule. The best part of the deal? It'll likely blast off into space as early as this upcoming October.

The 37-year-old billionaire Isaacman will actually command the mission, which three other passengers can join. A frontline healthcare worker with St. Jude will occupy one of the seats (he hasn't been named yet!) and the other two spots are basically up for grabs. Specifically, one will be raffled off with all proceeds benefiting the cause and the other will be selected through a contest for entrepreneurs who use the Shift4 platform. 

Clearly, the general public should focus on that raffle, which you can enter by donating to a campaign on Prizeo. You'll receive 10 entries for every dollar donated. Fair warning: there's a maximum of 10,000 entries per person and you have to be 18-years-old or older and an American citizen to qualify.

If you don't get selected, don't despair: there are a ton of other prizes up for grabs, including the chance to fly on a military jet. 

See you in space?

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