Bieber Joins The Celebrity Space Race
June 14, 2013 – Move over, Sarah Brightman! Another star is joining the space race and his name is Justin Bieber!
Bieber has paid $250,000 to reserve a seat on SpaceShipTwo, a not-yet-complete aircraft that will be able to take every day Joes (that have enough money) to the edge of space.
So far more than 600 people, including Ashton Kutcher, Angelina Jolie, and Brightman, have signed up to be some of the first entertainers in space. SpaceShipTwo is expected to start operating in 2015.
In 2004 Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur behind the idea who created Virgin enterprise, announced the project in 2004. "We hope to create thousands of astronauts over the next few years and bring alive their dream of seeing that majestic beauty of out planet from above, the stars in all their glory and the amazing sensation of weightlessness," he said.
On June 5 Branson tweeted, "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" Scooter Braun is Bieber's manager and he will accompany him into space. Bieber responded to Branson's tweet by tweeting back "@richardbranson @scooterbraun @virgingalactic let's shoot a music video in SPACE!!"
Unfortunately Bieber would not be the first person to make a music video in space; that honour went to Chris Hadfield when he recorded a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" on the International Space Station last month.
It isn't easy getting ready to go to space, though. Brightman had to undergo a lot of tests, just like all future celebrity astronauts will have to, to see if she can handle being in space.
"They put you on something called the rotating chair and basically it's to test you for motion sickness," Brightman explained. "You have to really focus. It's very important not to pass out. They're looking at a person spinning around in a chair going in different directions. It looks incredibly simple but that was actually the hardest for me." But she pushed through and passed all of her tests.