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Register at NBC to win a trip to the Mir Space Station

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If you've got a hankering for the ultimate vacation, how about a trip to the Mir Space Station?

Now's the time to sign up, and here's the place to do it:

The "Destination Mir" site lets you register to receive notification by e-mail about when you can officially register as a candidate to make the ultimate journey into space to Russia's orbiting Mir Space Station.

If you're one of the chosen, you're sure to be the hottest thing on — or off — the planet since "Survivor's" Richard Hatch.

"Destination Mir" is scheduled to air in the 2001-02 season on NBC. Guaranteed to be the most interesting of the new wave of reality programs, the series will follow the training of several civilians vying to blast into space. NBC is teaming with "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett to track American civilians through Russian cosmonaut training. Participants will be eliminated weekly by Russian space officials who will judge their progress. The winner gets to blast off to Mir.

Burnett is working in coordination with MirCorp, the Holland-based company formed earlier this year to operate as a direct link between commercial users of Mir and the Space Station's Russian operators.

Mir (which translates as "peace") has been aloft for more than 14 years and has since hosted cosmonauts and astronauts from many nations, including the United States, France, Japan and the U.K.

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