Should the Dutch football team win the World Cup,
the Dutch space travel company SXC has said it will give them an actual
spaceflight, allowing each player to claim the official title ‘Astronaut’ for the rest of his life.
Michiel Mol, said, “Being a Dutch firm, we feel extremely proud of our
team’s current achievements in Brazil. The breathtaking goal of Robin van Persie, and all newspaper headlines about ‘The Flying
Dutchman’ have inspired us to also do something extra. We will
literally try to take them to the next level; 103 km. The whole selection of 23 players and of course Louis van Gaal.”
The spacecraft, the XCOR
Lynx, is currently being assembled in Mojave, California. The
first test flights are scheduled to start after the summer and the
company expects to
begin the first commercial flights mid-2015. More
than 250 tickets have already been sold.
Should Dutch football team, who have impressed
with their skillful play and sheer determination, win the World
Cup, they would most likely fly into space in the beginning of
“It is of course on a voluntary basis and the
participants will receive an extensive guidance- and training
program to choose from. But it is not scary and my expectations
are that not many players will let this opportunity pass them by,”
added Michiel Mol.
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