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Robbing a geek of his lifelong dreams of space flight? That’s just wrong. It’s like telling Captain Kirk he couldn’t join Starfleet!

For the self-described space buff who has attended space camp and watched shuttle launches from Kennedy Space Center, it seemed like a chance to become an astronaut on a dime.

Then reality struck. After some number-crunching, Emmett realized he would have to report the $138,000 galactic joy ride as income and owe $25,000 in taxes. Unwilling to sink into debt, the 31-year-old software consultant from the San Francisco Bay area gave up his seat.

Source: USA Today

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