Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun to be sent into space

Richard Branson confirms that Bieber will be a passenger on upcoming Virgin Galactic flight

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Justin Bieber will travel to space with Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson has announced.

The pop star will head into orbit alongside his manager, Scooter Braun, according to a tweet sent out by Branson earlier this week. "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" Branson tweeted on Wednesday. Responding to the tweet, Bieber posted: "Let's shoot a music video in space!"

When it becomes active, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will blast clients 62 miles above the Earth in a six-passenger-per-journey space shuttle. A number of famous faces have already paid deposits to travel with Virgin Galactic including Ashton Kutcher and Tom Hanks. At the recent Cannes film festival, one bidder paid over a million pounds to be seated next to Leonardo DiCaprio on a future space trip, while standard tickets cost a mere £160,000.

A test run in April in California saw the SpaceShipTwo successfully brake the speed of sound. Commercial flights are expected to start in the near future though no date is currently set.

Meanwhile, Justin Bieber was booed at the Billboard awards last month (May 19) just days after missing the deadline to save his pet monkey Mally from becoming property of Germany. Bieber picked up the award for Top Male Artist at the Las Vegas awards show as well as the brand new Milestone award, but was met with boos when collecting the latter prize.

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