Photographer needs your help to get into spaceBy Amy Taylor
January 31, 2013
A PHOTOGRAPHER from Farnborough is calling on people far and wide to help him realise his dream of getting to outer space.
Chris Whiteoak, 27, has entered a competition run by the deodorant brand Lynx to become one of four finalists given the chance to train as an astronaut at the Global Space Camp.
If successful, it will be the prize of a lifetime for the News and Mail and Star Courier photographer, who said he has dreamed of going to space for as long as he can remember.
“I have always wanted to go into space,” he said. “I am always reading astronaut books or watching space programmes.
“I joined the Farnham Astronomical Society to learn more about a subject that I am so passionate about.”
His interest extends past books and information, though, and after several visits to the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, Florida, he decided to give his pet Labrador the unusual name of NASA.
“I don’t know if she likes the name or not, and the only other person with that name is a bloke – the cricketer, Nasser Hussain.”
Chris currently has several hundred votes but needs many more to be in with a chance of getting to the next round.
The top 200 entrants with the most votes will take part in a national challenge round at a secret location in London later this year.
The four finalists from the national challenge will be flown to Orlando to take part in a final series of astronaut challenges, but only one will win a place on the Lynx SXC (Space Expedition Corporation) space shuttle, scheduled to go into orbit in 2014.
The competition has seen Lynx team up with the first man to walk on the moon, American astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and offers 22 places on the shuttle for people around the world – but only one for a Brit.
To vote for Chris to go into space, visit www.lynxapollo.com/en_GB/47960/christopher-whiteoak