Space: The final frontier. And the next one for Scott Copeland, a regular guy who works at a bank in Victoria, Australia.
Selected from thousands of submissions to a Virgin Australia competition for a spot aboard Virgin Atlantic's first commercial shuttle, Copeland's story about an elementary school teacher discouraging his dream to become an astronaut ultimately won over the contest's judges.
Along with a seat aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, the admitted space geek will receive Velocity Frequent Flier status, and training at New Mexico's Spaceport prior to lift-off. Copeland will even get to watch some of the spaceship's construction.
Oh, and because making people eat crow is awesome, Copeland tracked down his dream-crushing teacher, who apparently had forgotten the whole ordeal. She's now happy for him (and probably super jealous, since teachers aren't astronauts).