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Space Needle Gets Into Commercial Space Race With Tourism Contest

08/01/2011 08:30 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2011

Seattle's Space Needle is turning fifty and the building's owners are planning to celebrate by holding an elaborate raffle-cum-contest for a free space flight.

Ron Sevart, the CEO of the Space Needle, told the AP that the landmark, constructed for the 1962 World's Fair, was built at "an optimistic time, a forward-looking time, right in the middle of the space race." To recapture that spirit of astronomical adventure, Sevart plans to give away a ticket worth roughly $110,000 for a ride on Space Adventures rocket.

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