In an attempt to try and re-invigorate reality TV, Mark Burnett, the man behind other hit shows such as “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice,” has persuaded NBC to buy the rights to a show called “Space Race.” Competitors won’t be competing with each other for money, but a seat aboard one of Sir Richard Branson’s highly-coveted Virgin Galactic flights.
Burnett has been trying to get a space show off the ground for more than a decade now, his original concept had been called “Destination: Mir,” which lost any hope of airing after the space station was shut down.
Those who choose to compete for this fine prize will be trained at Spaceport America in New Mexico, which happens to be Virgin Galactic’s home base. As reported by Variety, Burnett talked about his recent experience at the site:
Last year I spent time in New Mexico at the state of the art facility and last week spent time in the Mojave desert with Sir Richard and his impressive team. We got to see the spaceship up close and hear of Sir Richard’s incredible vision of how Virgin Galactic is the future of private space travel. I am thrilled to be part of a series that will give the everyday person a chance to see space and that NBC has come on board too so that viewers at home will have a first class seat.
No details have been released about what contestants will have to do to secure a seat on the SpaceShipTwo, but with such a sought-after prize, there is no doubt competition will be fierce.
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