Justin Bieber is boldly going where no pop star has gone before. According to Richard Branson, the "All Around the World" singer is set to take an out-of-this-world trip to space along with his manager Scooter Braun.
Here's what Branson tweeted about the Biebs' plan to board a future Virgin Galactic flight: "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" However, the Biebs isn't content just to sit and stare and the stars. He replied by tweeting, "@richardbranson @scooterbraun @virgingalactic let's shoot a music video in SPACE!! #nextLEVEL."
Branson seemed to like this idea. He responded by tweeting, "@justinbieber @scooterbraun @virgingalactic music video in space? Now that's what I call music!"
The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceliner could start taking stars on star treks as early as next year, but there's no word on when Bieber will get to take off. Ashton Kutcher has also paid a pretty penny for a ticket, and Leonardo DiCaprio helped to raise money for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity at the Cannes Film Festival when a lucky auction bidder won a trip to space with the superstar. The SpaceShipTwo tickets sell for $250,000, and over 500 people have already paid for the privilege of being some of the first on the flights.
So will Justin Bieber make a great astronaut or not? Here are a few reasons why the Biebs seems cut out for space exploration:
Scientists believe in him
Back in February, Justin randomly tweeted, "I wanna do a concert in space." So did scientists laugh in his face? Nope. Instead NASA responded by writing, "Maybe we can help you with that." And last year an astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute said that he also supports the idea of launching the pop star into space.
Senior astronomer Seth Shostak believes that sending the Biebs into orbit would help to generate interest in the suborbital spaceflight industry. According to SPACE.com, here's what Shostak said during a presentation at the 2012 Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference: "My suggestion is, be sure to send Justin Bieber on one of these flights early on. If there's more interest, there are more customers. If there are more customers, there's more technical development. It's a positive feedback loop, and obviously that's good."
He has experience driving a spaceship -- sort of
Justin has already manned a vehicle that some consider out-of-this-word. Last year Justin caused a commotion by zipping down an L.A. freeway in his chrome Fisker Karma. Concerned citizens called 911, and one caller described the shiny car as "a spaceship." The popstar's need for speed has gotten him in trouble, so maybe experiencing the speeds that a real spaceship can reach will frighten him out of being so fast and furious on the freeway.
He would want to make Buzz Lightyear proud
The Biebs proved that he's a fan of "Toy Story" astronaut Buzz Lightyear by mentioning the spaceman in his song "Boyfriend," so his Beliebers would probably love to see him become a real-life Buzz. And Justin is in luck -- NASA has developed a prototype spacesuit that looks a lot like Buzz Lightyear's cool costume, so maybe he could wear it in a future music video filmed in space. Or perhaps the crooner would prefer a modernized Darth Vader look, complete with a helmet that resembles a black gas mask and a pair of drop crotch pants. His wingsuit-like leggings do look like something out of a futuristic sci-fi film, and they'd probably be perfect for zipping around in zero gravity.
So do you think that Justin will be the first star to shoot a music video among the stars?
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