New Zealand artist Makoure Scott paid $200,000 for a seat on the inaugural flight of Virgin Galactic.
Scott is expected to be the first professional artist to draw in space.
Scott is a painter and environmental artist who incorporates elements of Maori and Pakeha cultures in his sculptures and paintings.
He paints using materials such as sand, stone and tree gums from the area to emphasize his organic connection to the land. He has exhibited around the world.
Virgin Galactic plans a number of flights out of a spaceport in New Mexico. They will go into suborbital space, about 100 kilometers above the Earth.
Participants will experience weightlessness â€” and Scott is hoping to draw while weightless.
Scott has gone for early training for the flight with Virgin Galactic and learned his spacesuit will have to be modified to allow for more hand movement so he can draw.
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