Justin Bieber is a future astronaut

The singer is the latest star to sign up for Virgin Galactic's suborbital flight

By Prachi Gupta

Published June 6, 2013 9:32PM (EDT)

Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun are going to space, because of course. On Wednesday, Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson tweeted:

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Bieber, who retweeted the message to his 40 million followers, is the latest celebrity "future astronaut," joined by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher.

So far, more than 530 people have signed up to fly on Virgin Galactic's suborbital flight, paying $250,000 per reservation.

The flight takes passengers to the "edge of outer space," reports the LA Times, where "passengers will experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth."

Let's hope Bieber doesn't board the plane with a pet monkey this time.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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