NBC show will send someone into space

NEW YORK – NBC is planning a competition show with a grand prize that’s out of this world: a ride into space.

The network said Thursday it is teaming with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and veteran TV producer Mark Burnett on “Space Race,” a competition where the winner gets a ride on the space liner that is expected to begin commercial flights sometime next year.

NBC offered no estimate on when “Space Race” would air.

“The term ‘trip of a lifetime’ has for once been delivered on,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late-night programming. “This will be a remarkable experience for anyone who has looked at the night’s sky and dared to dream of space flight.”

Virgin has already collected $80 million in deposits from 640 people interested in experiencing the weightlessness of space.