A Filipino in space?
I remember a discussion I had with a friend where we were trying to think of jobs that Filipinos have not yet done and one of them was Astronaut (the other one was a Headmaster of Hogwarts but it’s still up for debate). In the industry of space exploration however, Pinoys have already made their mark. Take for example Lloyd Manglapus who was the flight software technical lead for the Mars mission, Eduardo San Juan is considered the primary designer of the Lunar Rover and Dr. Ralph Basilio, the lead person behind NASA’s research on carbon dioxide in space. But a Filipino in space? Not that I know of.
Now is the chance for all those Pinoys who had dreams of going to space and becoming an astronaut to get back at those people who said that you can’t be an astronaut: Axe is launching their latest (and very ambitious) project and are looking for people that would like to be an astronaut. In an international search, Axe teams up with Space Expedition Corp. (Space XC) in this project to send civilians into space. There will be 22 people, all in all, from different countries that will be sent to space. The winning space travelers will be aboard a suborbital Lynx space plane. Only 2 Pinoys will be chosen to represent the country and only one of those representatives can get the chance to be called the very First Filipino in Space.
To join the search, you have to login to the Axe Apollo Space Academy website and read the instructions there. The first 10,000 people who sign up for the mission will be asked to complete a series of challenges. The final two people who make it through these challenges will have their official and necessary space training at the Axe Apollo Global Space Camp in Orlando, Florida.
“The AXE Apollo launch is the biggest and most ambitious in the AXE brand’s 30-year history,” AXE’s global vice president Tomas Marcenaro said. “For the first time, we’re simultaneously launching one global competition in over 60 countries offering millions of people the opportunity to win the most epic prize on Earth. A trip to space — yes, actual space.”
Want to see how it looks like? Watch the video below: