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Forget the $25 Million, "Space Trials'' Contestants Vie for a Free Rocket Trip!

Although a California businessman had to drop some serious change to get space-bound, Hollywood producer David Krieff of Destiny Productions has just put the chance to leave Earth within the grasp of the average wage-earner with a far-out new reality show dubbed ``Space Trials.'' Picture ``Survivor'' meets ``Star Trek'' meets ``The Truman Show.''

``Hollywood is a step closer to gravitating towards space. We are actually going to send the contestants into space,'' Krieff noted. ``This is probably the most ambitious reality show in the history of television. There have been quite a number of prominent producers trying to get this concept off the ground. As a kid I always wanted to go into space, now someone can live the dream.''
The visionary concept of Australian entrepreneur Ilya Osadchuk led to an exclusive agreement being signed by three parties, including Destiny and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre of Russia, for the new international television show. Osadchuk, who brought the idea to Krieff, said, ``Space is the last frontier, and this production will bring technological achievement to the forefront of entertainment.''
With the blessing of the Russian governmental organization, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, ``Space Trials'' will consist of a 26-week unique physical and emotional experience for the 26 contestants who will be chosen from around the globe. The actual training regimen will be grueling and sometimes torturous, but always very entertaining and maybe a little bit naughty a la ``Survivor.''
Contestants, both men and women, will be whittled down to the final four potential astronauts who will reach the semi-finals. Only one person will be chosen in the finals: a single human being who represents all the best qualities the species has to offer and all of the necessary scientific and technical prerequisites for the flight into space.
Director Col.-General Pyotr Ilyich Klimuk, a space travel veteran who was Commander of three Soyuz missions to space (including Soyuz-13, Soyuz-17 and Soyuz-30), will launch the lucky winner -- and he won't be asking for $25 million! Col-General Klimuk is quoted as saying ``There will be a lot of famous names in space exploration in the future. Our staff at the Center shall do our part.'' Krieff added, ``We anticipate sending our first civilian winner into space by mid-2002.''
Date Released: Thursday, June 28, 2001