The 19-year-old pop superstar is the latest famous name to secure a seat on Virgin Galactic’s planned commercial space missions when the shuttle starts zooming outside of the Earth’s atmosphere.
British business tycoon Sir Richard Branson – who set up the project – has revealed Justin and his manager Scooter Braun will be passengers on the craft. Branson wrote on his Twitter page: “Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!”
A ticket on the Virgin Galactic flight costs $200,000 and a host of star-gazing celebrities have purchased seats. Other confirmed famous passengers include Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher, Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll, Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Brand, while Angelina Jolie and her fiancé Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, scientist Steven Hawking and Tom Cruise have all expressed an interest.
The first ever two-hour flight in the planet’s orbit will be boarded by Branson and his family and anyone who has paid a deposit guaranteeing them a place on it. The first trip into space is due to happen this Christmas Day with more flights following in 2014. Passengers will travel 62 miles in altitude – the internationally recognised boundary of outer space – and will experience weightlessness and an incredible view of the curve of the Earth.