Justin Bieber to blast into space on Virgin Galactic
— richardbranson (@richardbranson) June 5, 2013
In response, Bieber tweeted back suggesting they shoot a music video while they're up there. (Apparently, he hasn't heard that the actual space part will only last six minutes...)
As Shostak predicted, the amount of celebrities signing up for the $200,000 seats aboard Virgin Galactic is likely raise the profile of this emerging industry significantly. Those confirmed so far include Ashton Kutcher, Russell Brand, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Stephen Hawking - with others such as Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise having expressed interest. Just last month, three fans threw down a combined $3.8M in a charity auction for seats aboard the very same spaceflight as DiCaprio.
Said Branson in a recent interview, "Later this year I’ll be going into space, and hopefully from there on, you’ll go to space, your children will go to space, and why not? From everybody I’ve talked to, it’s the most extraordinary experience.”
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