'Big Bang' Fan Wins Space Flight at Comic-Con

It's a two-seat launch vehicle that takes off and lands like a traditional aircraft

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 13: Actors Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Kayyar, and Simon Helberg speak at the "The Big Bang Theory" panel during Comic-Con International 2012 at San Diego Convention Center on July 13, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

    Thousands of Comic-Con attendees grab free swag at the pop-culture convention, but one lucky fan nabbed the ultimate prize: a trip to space.

    Fans who lined up Friday to question the stars of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" were given silver envelopes with one containing a ticket for a space flight from XCOR Aerospace on the Lynx Experience.

    It's a two-seat launch vehicle that takes off and lands like a traditional aircraft.

    Get more coverage in our special section Comic-Con 2012.

    The flight was first offered on stage by former NASA astronaut Richard Searfoss to co-star Simon Helberg. He declined. His character, Howard, blasted off into space at the end of the fifth season.

    "Big Bang" star Jim Parsons joined the panel on a monitor via satellite, and Johnny Galecki was absent because of a flight delay.
     

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