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Christopher Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor won the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Inspiration4 mission. Anyone that made a donation to St Jude in February was entered into a lottery for a seat on the mission.
Chris Sembroski 41, a Lockheed Martin employee and Air Force veteran, will be acting as a mission specialist. Sembroski, the father of two children is based in Seattle He explains to PEOPLE that he obtained his spot on the crew when a friend who won the sweepstakes was unable to go.
The data engineer is a “self-declared space nerd” that has always been in love with outer space since his childhood. He spent years stargazing from the roof of his high school. And was launching high-powered model rockets during his time in college.
Sembroski worked as a U.S. Space Camp counselor. While in college, he was involved with ProSpace, a “grassroots lobbying effort that promoted legislation in Washington, D.C. to help open space travel and allow companies like SpaceX to exist,” explains a recent press release.