“Deep Space Homer,” a beloved episode of The Simpsons, featured a cash-strapped NASA boosting public interest in the space program by sending ordinary American Homer Simpson into orbit. Turns out, the smart-about-science cartoon was prescient about space travel.
Legendary television producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic for a new reality show where ordinary Americans compete to fly into space. On NBC’s upcoming Space Race, which still doesn’t have air or film dates, the winner’s grand prize will be a trip into space courtesy of Virgin.
- Live from Expand: Moonshots: the Independent Space Race (engadget.com)