Steve Gleason wants to explore the world – from space.
The former Saint, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, submitted an application to travel to space through Space for Humanity, a nonprofit organization that plans to send a group of “non-astronauts” on a free trip to the edge of space at the end of the year.
The organization, founded in 2017, aims “to both democratize space and to increase human awareness to help the world solve its most intractable problems,” according to the Space for Humanity website.
In his application video, Gleason cited his passion for exploring as a reason for wanting the opportunity to go to space. His own foundation, Team Gleason, has sent people with ALS on "extraordinary life adventures" to share that "what is perceived as impossible is simply our opportunity to propel humanity forward," he said.
“Like any human, I’m struck with wonder by the universe and our fragile place in it,” Gleason said in the video. “This sense of wonder continues today. Let’s keep exploring, not only the universe around us, but also the universe within us. No matter our circumstances, we must keep exploring.”
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Applicants for the program must be 18 years old, fluent in English and have a passion for humanity and a desire to change the world, according to the organization’s website.
Applicants with the highest-rated videos on YouTube or spaceforhumanity.org will move on to an interview process in early 2018.