Plymouth hotel girl bidding to be astronaut on 2014 space flight
A BUDDING astronaut has entered a competition to be blasted into space.
Lorna Keight, aged 22, has joined thousands of other hopefuls looking to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin by leaving the earth's orbit.
A deodorant brand has launched the contest to find 22 people to join the Space Expedition Corporation space shuttle, due to lift off next year.
Lorna, who lives in Saltash and works at Plymouth's New Continental Hotel, said: "I saw the adverts on TV and I assumed it was just for men. But I realised it was open to girls as well so I entered.
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"I am a big science fan in every way, so I just did it. It was a bit of a snap decision but I have been getting a lot of support.
"I have always wanted to do something like this, my big thing is space and stars. The first job I ever wanted was to be an astronaut."
The first stage of the contest is down to online votes, and the top candidates will undergo a series of physical and mental challenges before the best of the best are flown to space camp in Florida.
Finally four winners – including one lucky Brit – will win the chance to fly 103km into space.
Lorna said: "It would mean the world to me. If I went forward and got into the trial I know I would do it, I will do whatever it takes, I will work so hard.
"I am quite clever so if it's about science I know I will be able to do it, and physically I will do everything it takes.
"I am an underdog because I am a girl, and there aren't many girls going for it.
"I am from Plymouth which isn't a big place, not many people from Plymouth get to do really exciting things like this, we never get the chance.
"I just always wanted to do something with my life.
"I always said I wanted to be like Brian Cox or David Attenborough and this will give me a bit of help with getting into the science world."
Brand manager for the deodorant company Mark Aschmann said: "The Apollo launch is the biggest and most ambitious in our brand's history.
"For the first time, we're simultaneously launching one global competition in over 75 countries offering millions of people the opportunity to win the most epic prize on earth."