Finals of Space Needle contest begin Monday

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The five finalists in a contest to be sent into space as part of Seattle Needle's 50th anniversary celebration are in Seattle this week.

The final phase of the contest begins Monday morning. The finalists will each face three challenges before the winner is announced on Wednesday.

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

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