#HussainManawer , 26, from #Ilford in #Essex , will orbit the Earth after he beat thousands of competitors for a seat on the XCOR Aerospace’s Lynx commercial spacecraft, which blasts into space next year. Young people from 90 countries applied for the opportunity of a lifetime, launched by talent firm Kruger Cowne's Rising #Star programme by Kruger Crowne and One Young World, a platform for 18- to 30-year-olds.
He is an activist, does humanitarian work, has a #YouTube channel, Hussain's House, and his winning three-minute pitch was a spoken-word poem on mental health delivered in front of judges Sir Bob Geldof and Fatima Bhutto and an international audience of 1,300 delegates and online spectators.
How did you end up wanting to go to space?
I was in #LA and saw a tweet about going to space with Kruger Cowne Rising Star and then filled in the application form and eagerly awaited a response.
Why did you want to go?
For mental health awareness. I think all of us in our life are going to encounter something bigger than us. And I think we can learn – especially ethnic minorities and working-class communities – how to support one another. If we can help support each other we'll be in a better position than [we] actually are.
I remember going to [my] aunty's house one time and people were like, "Don't talk to her," as she's depressed, and I'm like, "Yo, it's not contagious y'know. You're not going to catch it." I have family members that suffer from it, I have very close friends who go through things, friends who go through things, and I wonder why it needs to be hidden?
What will going to space achieve?
I think it'll achieve a lot of good healthy conversation for a lot of people from a lot of backgrounds.
What happened next?
It was 2015 and I got to the final at the One Young World Summit, in #Thailand , where we got called to deliver our keynote speeches. I went out there and was up against two people – one was a humanitarian from #Ireland who had been homeless but now generating a lot of money for charities, and the other guy was an Ebola doctor from #Nigeria . When I got there both speakers had been at that summit CONTINUE READING 👇👇👇