CBS's The Big Bang Theory gave away a high flying prize. That's right, a free trip to space - at San Diego's Comic Con festivities.
Fans lined up earlier for a panel discussion with the stars of The Big Bang Theory, and silver envelopes were given out with one holding a ticket for a free suborbital ride aboard a space plane developed by Mojave, California based rocket builder XCOR Aerospace according to the Associated Press.
XCOR test pilot Rick Searfoss, a former NASA astronaut, went on stage to offer the suborbital ride to one of the show's actor, Simon Helberg who declined the opportunity. Helberg's character is Howard Wolowitz, who in the show, launches into space in the last episode of the fifth season.
XCOR’s suborbital space plane, called Lynx, is designed to eventually carry a pilot and passenger to the upper reaches of the atmosphere, to altitudes up to and exceeding 62 miles. They are one of several companies developing suborbital vehicles for commercial space tourist flights.
XCOR is aiming to begin space tourist flights aboard Lynx in 2013. Tickets for the ride are going for $95,000 per person. A lot cheaper and more private compared to Branson's $200,000 price tag on the SpaceShipTwo.