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Ian Anderson Wins £10million Space Adventure

by | 31st, May 2007

astronaut.jpgA BRITISH data analyst is set for the journey of a lifetime after winning a competition to fly 62 miles above the earth.

Ian Anderson, 32, entered the competition in the New Scientist magazine which asked entrants to choose the “best invention of all time”. The Staffordshire-born married man selected the radio as his answer. And he won.

New Scientist editor Jeremy Webb gushes: “Mr Anderson was simply the best. He gave a justification for radio that goes way beyond what we normally associate with it. Everything from medical scanners to mobile phones relies on radio; during the last war it gave us radar and afterwards it opened a new window on the universe with radio astronomy. It was the best of a very good bunch.”

But not a very exciting bunch, I imagine.

The prize flight, worth an estimated £10million, is set to take off in 2009 in a spacecraft called the Xerus that, rather worryingly, has yet to enjoy its maiden flight.

The plane, which apparently looks like a miniature space shuttle, carries one pilot and just one passenger.

God help the pilot if Anderson starts droning on about the radio again. And Anderson…
Kathleen Searles, 89, didn’t fancy mixing with the hoi-polloi on a flight to Greece, so she called a cab instead, paying a total fare of £2,000 for the 4,000 mile trip.



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