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Audi promises the final frontier.

A COMPETITION launched today to promote a new car will give someone in the UK the chance to go into space.

The winner will be blasted 62 miles above the Earth in a small rocket plane designed exclusively for space joy rides.

Although the Xerus craft has not yet been flown, it is under development and should be ready by 2009 when the launch is planned.

To enter the contest, all that is required is to log on to the website www.winatriptospace.co.uk and answer the question: "What is the best patented invention of all time - and why?"

The winner will be chosen from the most original and imaginative entries.

The competition has been organised by New Scientist magazine in association with Audi. The German motor manufacturer's contribution is part of an pounds 8m campaign to promote the Audi A6.

Audi is capitalising on the fact that it has applied for more design patents than the American space agency, Nasa.

The flight will be taken with Space Adventures, a US company that has pioneered space tourism. It has already sent a number of rich clients on multi-million-pound trips to the international space station.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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