Not at Comic-Con in San Diego this week? Well you missed what might well be the greatest door prize ever awarded. One lucky fan of Warner Bros. Television’s The Big Bang Theory won a trip into space aboard XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx RLV (Reusable Launch Vehicle) at the show’s panel session Friday evening.
“The fifth season finale episode of The Big Bang Theory proved to be an unexpectedly emotional experience for all of us working on the show. The idea that one man’s journey into space had the power to bond his friends together was somehow deeply touching,” said co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre. “And now, everyone — cast, crew and the millions of fans of the show — can gather together and experience that same wonderful bond when we watch one lucky fan take an actual trip into space, courtesy of XCOR. We are so proud and grateful to be part of this adventure: The Big Bang Theory, boldly going where no sitcom has gone before!”
“I guess you can say we are over the moon that we were able to give away a trip to space to a Big Bang Theory fan,” chuckled Lisa Gregorian, Chief Marketing Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group. “We’re so incredibly grateful to our fans for all their support and the love the show has received over the past five Cons. We wanted to deliver something special and, as fans ourselves, we thought taking a trip to space like Howard Wolowitz would be amazing and literally out of this world.”
In The Big Bang Theory’s season five finale, Caltech engineer Howard Wolowitz (series star Simon Helberg) is launched into space aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule.
During the show’s Comic-Con panel session, Helberg was asked whether he would ever entertain a visit to space. When XCOR’s Richard Searfoss, in a surprise appearance, offered the very real opportunity to actually take a trip outside the earth’s atmosphere on their suborbital spacecraft, series co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre suggested it be given to one of the show’s fans in attendance.
The lucky fan holding the golden ticket was Mercedes Becerra of Paso Robles, California, shown below with XCOR Chief Test Pilot/former NASA Astronaut Richard Searfoss.
Images via Warner Bros.