Meet Michael Eyre, the wannabe spaceman hoping to become Chesterfield’s first astronaut.
The dad is hoping he will win the chance to blast off after entering a competition where the top prize is to train with experts before going more than 100km into space.
Space pioneer Buzz Aldrin – the second man on the moon after Neil Armstrong – is even backing the Lynx Space Academy contest.
Michael, who runs his own IT company from his home in Stoops Close, Newbold, said: “I’m hoping to be the first Chesterfield person to be blasted into space.
“It’s very weird, but whenever people have asked me what my aspirations are, it’s always been going to space. I’ve had loads of dreams about going into space and on a rocket ship. This would be my absolute dream come true.”
To stand a chance of winning, Michael must be one of the top 200 people in the UK with the most votes.
Those 200 will then compete at a national challenge in London, with the best four recruits going on to a Global Space Camp in the USA.
After three training missions a final international team will be selected to blast off with space tourism company SpaceXC.
Michael, aged 40, said: “My children are excited. Sam, who is 10, is doing space exploration at school so it’s fitting in with that. I definitely think I’m cut out to make it into the final.”
Michael was one of the first people to enter the contest after coming across it during some internet research.
Thousands of aspiring astronauts signed up after grooming company Lynx screened a TV advert promoting the venture last week, but he is still in the top 30.
He is now urging readers of The Star to help make his dream come true.
Michael said: “I’d be so grateful if Star readers would vote for me.”
* To vote for Michael, visit Lynx Apollo, Michael Eyre