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Australian man selected for space flight

English.news.cn   2014-01-07 14:46:46            

SYDNEY, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Australian space flight winner Tim Gibson is preparing for lift-off after five days of intense training, local media reported on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Queensland man, who is a property manager, was among 23 people selected from more than one million contestants by the Lynx Space Academy to fly to outer space.

Returning from the training camp at the Kennedy Space Station in Florida, the United States, Gibson told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) training for the space expedition was an incredible experience with zero-gravity flights and drills in fighter jets.

The group will start their space journey early in 2015.

"I'll be taking off from an island just south of Florida and we 'll take off like a conventional aircraft," Gibson said.

"The only exception is we'll be powered by four liquid hydrogen rocket boosters so we'll accelerate three times the speed of sound in under 60 seconds and be going vertically."

Gibson will spend six to eight minutes in outer space to look out over Earth.

"That view has only been afforded to very limited amount of people in our history and to be afforded that opportunity is quite incredible," he said.

The trip is organized by Space Expedition Corporation.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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