Justin Bieber, Astronaut?

Justin Bieber is the latest celeb to sign up for a flight with Virgin Galactic. Does anyone else think commercial space travel is dangerously close to turning into 'Elysium?'

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And the latest celeb preparing to get launched into space is… Justin Bieber. His manager, Scooter Braun, is coming, too. Just in case, y’know, the opportunity arises for the Biebs to play a show out in there in space. I’m not sure how I feel about “Baby” being the first thing that any potential extraterrestrial life encounters from Earth, but maybe that’s just me.

According to People, Justin and Scooter (not this Scooter. Or this one.) shelled out the deposit of at least $250,000 (that’s the baseline, but it can apparently cost more, depending) for a spot on one of Virgin Galactic’s commercial spaceflights when they finally open up shop. Virgin founder Richard Branson Tweeted the news out on Wednesday, writing, “Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!” The Biebs subsequently retweeted the message to his 40,000,000-plus followers.

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Virgin Galactic kicked off in 2004. The first rocket-powered test of its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo, took place on April 29, 2013 the craft’s first public flight is scheduled for December 25 of this year. Other celebs to have claimed spots on the roster include Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Ashton Kutcher, and Paris Hilton.

As cool as the idea of commercial space travel is, I can’t help but think that the hefty price tag is kind of a problem—mostly in that it does some massive damage in terms of widening the gap between the one percent and the rest of the population. I realize that, y’know, going into space is EXPENSIVE, but if only the rich and/or famous can go… well, isn’t that the premise of this summer’s hotly anticipated sci-fi flick, Elysium?

But again, maybe that’s just me. What do you think, Bettys? If you were given the opportunity, would you head up into the wild blue yonder?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.


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