Correction & Clarification
In a story carried in The Gleaner titled 'Entertainment fraternity competes for space travel', a picture of Sanjay Ramanand was incorrectly captioned Sanjay Smith. Sanjay Smith is vying for a trip to space with the Axe team and not Sanjay Ramanand
Axe is giving fans the trip of a lifetime to space, and among the fans vying for the opportunity are two of Jamaica's top entertainment personalities.
Radio disc jock and law student Sanjay Smith and TOK's Craigy T have signed up for Axe's innovative campaign, which was launched last month.
When asked what the most exciting thing about the prospect of travelling to space was, Craigy T said: "The question is, what's not exciting about space travel? The very thought of floating among the stars has been the dream of millions, including me, for years. I've been talking about it since I decided to sign up. Sharing it everywhere - FB, Twitter, on the radio, TV, and so on. I'd really love to be chosen for the expedition, so I'm pushing for my votes. It would be really cool to point to a star and tell my son, 'look! daddy went there'."
To participate in the campaign, male fans can visit the Axe Apollo Space Academy's site at www.axeapollo.com or www.facebook.com/AxeJa. There, they will be able to create an astronaut profile while explaining why they deserve to go to space.
Following this, 100 fans from across the world, including one Jamaican with the highest votes, will be selected in June to go to the Axe Apollo Space Camp in Florida in December. While in Florida, the final 22 space travellers will be selected based on competitive space-simulation challenges.
Sanjay said: "Space travel is extremely exciting to me because very few get the chance to see the world from a galactic view - the zero-gravity experience, a closer look at the universe, the moon, stars, other planets, and just how much of a small spec we are in a much bigger picture.
"What I know of space is the little I've read about space and the documentaries I've watched. I say little because there's so much we don't know about it. I'm far from an expert, but I have good knowledge of it," he continued.
According to legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who piloted the historic Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon in 1969: "Space travel for everyone is the next frontier in the human experience ... . I'm thrilled that AXE is giving the young people of today such an extraordinary opportunity to experience some of what I've encountered in space."
Participants will be recruited through the AXE Apollo Space Academy, with support from Aldrin and the international space tourism agency, Space Expedition Corporation, which takes passengers more than 100 kilometres into space.