Justin Bieber’s about to fly high.
According to the New York Post, Richard Branson, billionaire head of Virgin, has announced that the tween heartthrob, and his agent, Scooter Braun, were ready to launch aboard the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, at $200,000 a ticket.
Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there! ampmdash; richardbranson (@richardbranson) June 5, 2013
To which the Biebz replied:
@richardbranson @scooterbraun @virgingalactic let’s shoot a music video in SPACE!! #nextLEVELampmdash; Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 5, 2013
Maybe he sounds better from 360,000 feet in the air.
Branson hopes the ship will launch from New Mexico around Christmas of this year, six passengers and two pilots at a time. According to the Post, the trip to and back from space lasts around two and a half hours.
Each passenger must undergo three days of space training, which hasn’t deterred 65,000 from putting their name down as candidates. Other celebrities reported to have purchased tickets include Stephen Hawking, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Ashton Kutcher.
Anne Cohen was the Forward’s deputy digital media editor. When she’s not looking for the secret Jewish history of Voodoo in New Orleans, or making lists about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she writes for The Assimilator. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism with an M.S. magazine concentration in 2012.
Justin Bieber May Go To Space