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Lauren Furgason

Seattle’s Lauren Furgason, a 25-year-old brand strategist at design firm Hornall Anderson, is one of five finalists who will compete next month in a competition to win a trip into space.

Hosted by the Space Needle as part of its 50 year anniversary celebration, the final competition will include an Amazing Race-style activity to see who will earn the honor of a sub-orbital ride with Space Adventures, Ltd. More than 50,000 people applied, with more than 80 videos submitted via Facebook.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will be on hand May 9th to help crown the winner from the field, which includes a law student; a teacher; a synchronized swimmer from Texas and an officer in the Air Force;

Furgason — a UW grad and the only Seattleite in the race — is hoping that a little bit of luck is on her side. After all, she was born on April 22, a day after the anniversary of the World’s Fair in 1962.

“Space is something that has fascinated mankind for thousands of years,” says Furgason. “To get the chance, as an ordinary individual, to experience the furthest realm that we can visit at this point in time is the ultimate opportunity.”

Here’s her full pitch, with the others available here.

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