Justin Beiber is becoming an astronaut. The 19-year-old and his manager Scooter Braun have been welcomed to the Virgin Galactic programme by Sir Richard Branson, who publicly announced the two would be flying way above the earth.
Sir Richard tweeted from his official Twitter account:
‘Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!
The announcement online was the latest addition of stars, who include Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio, who have paid the $250,0000 deposit fee to get priority for the flights when the program becomes available. The price shouldn’t be a huge issue for Justin who’s net worth is estimated at $110 million.
Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo went through its first supersonic, rocket-powered flight test in California in April, and it’s expected to begin commercial operations at Spaceport America in New Mexico as early as next year.
The ride would send Bieber and Braun beyond 62 miles in altitude, which marks the internationally accepted boundary of outer space. At that height, passengers would feel a few minutes of weightlessness, get a view of the curving Earth beneath a black sky, and then experience a roller-coaster ride back down to a runway landing.
If you had the cash, would you go on a space trip? It seems like an unnecessary risk to me…