Space: High-Flying Sweepstakes

High-Flying Sweepstakes

Want a real blast? The thrill of a ride in space seems so enticing to adventurous Americans that callers last week jammed the lines of a Houston company that offered a chance to win a trip to Soviet space station Mir. The winner of the sweepstakes would have to train for as long as six months in the Soviet Union but would also get $500,000. Or if he or she got cold feet and decided to pass up the rocket ride, the earthbound consolation prize would be $1.5 million.

The starry offer was made by Space Travel Services Corp., a company...

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