3 finalists remain in Space Needle contest




SEATTLE (AP) — A field of five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of the Seattle Space Needle’s 50th anniversary celebration has been winnowed to three.

KING-TV reports that in Monday’s challenge, the five raced the clock to spin, touch walls and collect floating toys while “free falling” in an indoor skydiving facility.

Surviving for Tuesday’s challenge are Lauren Furgason of Seattle, Sara Cook of Washington, D.C. and Gregory Schneider of Tucson, Ariz.

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin will announce the winner of the sub-orbital trip into space at a ceremony Wednesday at the Space Needle.

About 50,000 people entered the contest, then it was narrowed though videos posted online for public voting.