Bob Geldof has announced that he will travel into space next year.
The singer and campaigner will be a passenger on a commercial flight, which is hoping to launch 100 people into space in 2014. Tickets for the Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) cost of $100,000 (£64,000) per ticket and will launch the first astronauts 100km (62 miles) outside of Earth leaving from Curacao in the Southern Caribbean sea, the BBC reports.
Bob Geldof said: “Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honour but pretty mind-blowing.” He added: “The first rock astronaut space rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the Planet! Wild! Who would have thought it possible in my lifetime?” He will have his first stint of training in a space flight simulator in the Netherlands this weekend.
Other names to have signed up for the flight include DJ Armin van Buuren and model Doutzen Kroes. The privately-built spacecraft reportedly has a two-crew cockpit enabling passengers to have a “true co-pilot” experience.