Julie Krause, A 27-year-old mother of one from Centurion, South Africa was drawn as the winner of a space trip aboard one of Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital space â€˜aeroplanesâ€™ expected to take to flight within three years. Julie will be among the first 150 space adventurers to brave such a flight.
This young Woman was drawn as the winner in the eBucks and First National Bank of South Africa â€˜Greatest Rewards on Earthâ€™ promotion, perhaps one of the most innovative competitions in the world to date.
As previously mentioned, Julie joins a very prestigious list of celebrities whom have already bought their tickets for the first space launches. Julie will be among the likes of Adventure seeking billionaire Sir Richard Branson and Star Trek legend William Shatner. The price of a space flight is currently in the ballpark of $100,000 US, but is expected to decrease to around $30,000 per person per flight as costs are reduced.
The winner was understandably overwhelmed with excitement at the announcement, saying, â€œI couldnâ€™t believe it when I was drawn as the winner. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this could happen to me. Not even my husband believed me when I first told him! I am an ordinary wife and mother with an ordinary job. I cannot believe that Iâ€™ll be flying into space.â€
We at The Brig think Julie will bring very positive things to space culture including some much needed sex appeal as all spacefaring tourists to date have been men well passed their “sell by” date. With Richard Branson, whom will be the first tourist Virgin Galactive brings to space, bringing the sex apepal for the female Audience, it is about time an attractive woman was enlisted.
Hats off to Julie Krause for winning what will undoubtedly be a truly once in a lifetime prize and Honor.