Stephen Lys 'the Saskatchanaut' facebook profile picture.
The dream of blasting off into space could actually come true for a science teacher in Moose Jaw, with some help from the public.
It sounds like a lofty goal for 37 year old Stephen Lys, but when a Facebook ad pointed him to an online contest for a trip to space he thought it was too good to pass up.
Now he is in the top 20 Canadian contestants in the Axe Apollo Space Academy contest after creating a Facebook persona called the Saskatchanaut.
“If you go into something like this it’s not like you know jeez I hope I win,” he commented. “It’s not like I signed up for like tickets to ACDC or something like that, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
It's a long road to get there, first Lys has to earn enough votes between now and August to get into the top two contestants in all of Canada.
Lys explains that’s why he created ‘the Saskatchanaut’.
“I thought people would get behind a character more than they’d get behind just some guy,” he said.
The first step is getting enough votes to go to space camp in Orlando, then if he does well there, he goes to space.