Two eBay auctions for seats aboard a microgravity flight with “Avatar” director James Cameron have raised $30,000 for the X PRIZE Foundation.
I can only assume that the asterisks either preserve the bidders’ privacy or hide some types of obscene expletives like 2f****3 (a menage-a-cinq??!!!) or rf*****r (I have no idea!).
In any event, congratulations to the lucky winners! You have bid enough to cover James Cameron’s $4,950-plus-tax ticket more than five times over. You are following in the proud footsteps of the winner of the X Prize’s earlier Win a Flight into Space With a Celebrity auction, who bid enough to cover Peter Diamandis’ $200,000 suborbital ticket aboard Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.
Cameron’s microgravity flight on ZERO G’s G-FORCE ONE Boeing 727 will take place from Van Nuys Airport in California on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. Diamandis is promising there will “alot of amazing VIPs on this flight.”