Yeppoon resident Tim Gibson will fly into space.
Yeppoon resident Tim Gibson will fly into space. Trish Bowman

Yeppoon man becomes fourth Australian to travel to space

YEPPOON'S Tim Gibson is about to shuttle his way into the record books to become the fourth Australian man to head into space.

The actual moment he will take the giant leap for his nation is set for either next year or 2015.

But Tim's monumental success, beating hundreds of people from more than 60 countries around the world, wasn't an easy route.

For the past week, Tim and more than 100 participants from 60 countries have taken part in mental aptitude tests, combat training in a fighter jet and zero-gravity flights to distinguish themselves as the most worthy to go to space.

Tim entered a Lynx Space Academy competition online - nine times - earlier this year to be in the running for the chance of space travel.

The participants' quest for the coveted "free" tickets to space a year ago was part of the AXE Apollo promotion from AXE, the British-Dutch grooming products company.

Tim's persistence paid off and he was lucky enough to be selected from the thousands who entered.

Furthermore, those participants were pared down to a final group of 23.

Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the man who followed Neil Armstrong down the lunar module ladder to be the second man to take that small step, was there as well.

Mr Aldrin approached Tim and told him he had been chosen to go, according to Tim's good friend Andrew Dixon.

The announcements were made at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Brisbane-based Andrew told The Morning Bulletin he had only briefly heard from his mate, who was more than a little over the moon when the pair last spoke.

The spacecraft is scheduled to take passengers up into space - and back - beginning in 2014 or 2015.

Tim is still in the USA.

Despite a number of attempts, The Morning Bulletin was unable to contact him.

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If two pieces of metal touch in space, they become permanently stuck together.

If you put Saturn in water it would float.

When astronauts go to the toilet, the waste tends to float everywhere in the space shuttle so they use a vacuum toilet.

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