CUPERTINO, Calif. – April 8, 2009 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), makers of Norton security software, today announced the grand prize winner of its “Blast Off With Norton” sweepstakes. Jorge Patricio León López from Chile has been selected to take a suborbital flight to space, blasting out of the Earth’s atmosphere, experiencing weightlessness and seeing the boundary between Earth and space.
Commercial suborbital flights to space have yet to be launched, with Space Adventures being one of the first companies expected to offer such flights to the public. In addition to being one of the first to participate in a commercial space travel flight, León could be the first Chilean in space as no Chilean has participated in a space flight at this time. Prior to his suborbital space flight experience, León will participate in four days of extensive training and flight preparation.
Symantec launched the “Blast Off With Norton” sweepstakes in winter 2008 as part of the Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus 2009 product launches. Completely re-engineered for speed, the Norton 2009 products install in under one minute and are the industry’s fastest and lightest security solutions.
The “Blast Off With Norton” sweepstakes was a global contest where 30 people were selected to win a seat on a Norton chartered ZERO-G flight in Florida on Feb. 21, 2009. Immediately after the ZERO-G flight, one lucky contestant was picked to win the suborbital flight to space.
“The ZERO-G flight experience in and of itself was amazing and a once in a lifetime opportunity. Going to space is just even more amazing! When I heard my name called as the Blast Off With Norton suborbital space flight winner, I couldn’t believe my luck!”
— Jorge Leon
“Symantec has delivered speed and weightlessness with our 2009 Norton products. Providing the opportunity to participate in a zero gravity flight and a suborbital flight to space is the perfect way to generate excitement for Norton Internet Security and Norton AntiVirus, allowing customers to experience that speed and weightlessness on their PCs and in real life. Congratulations Jorge!”
— Janice Chaffin, President, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec
About the “Blast Off With Norton” Suborbital Space Flight Winner
Jorge Patricio León López is 32 years old and serves as an ethical audiovisual professor at the University of Saint Tomas and the University of San Marcos de Concepción. León has pursued studies in cinema and television in the School of Audio Visual Communication at the University Holy Tomás, and he has worked for various radio and television outlets in Chile. In his spare time, León enjoys working as a VJ for various events in Chile.
- Blast Off With Norton Customer Contest ZERO-G Flight
- Suborbital Space Flight Winner Video
- Blast Off With Norton ZERO-G Flight Photos:
Blast Off With Norton Suborbital Space
Flight Winner Jorge Patricio León López
Photo by Robert Holland, www.robertholland.com
Blast Off With Norton Contest Winners
Experience Weightlessness with Norton Internet Security 2009
Photo by Steve Boxall
About Norton from Symantec
Symantec’s Norton products protect consumers from traditional threats with antivirus, anti-spam and spyware protection, as well as bots, drive-by downloads and identity theft-- while also being light on system resources. The company also provides services such as PC help from NortonLive and online backup, and is a trusted source for family online safety.
Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
Zero Gravity Corporation (www.GoZeroG.com) is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. ZERO-G is based in Las Vegas and Florida and is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight to the general public, as well as the entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive market; non-profit research and education sectors; and government. For the current flight schedule, more information or to book a seat, visit www.GoZeroG.com or call 1-800-937-6480.
About Space Adventures
Space Adventures (www.spaceadventures.com), the company that organized the flights for the world's first private space explorers: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev. For more information, visit http://www.spaceadventures.com.
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