Justin Bieber Would Make History In Space

June 8, 2013


You’ve no doubt heard by now that Justin Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun are keen to embark on a trip into space through Sir. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic programme.  You’ve  probably also heard that Justin has designs on shooting a music video whilst up there following his tweet: “Let’s shoot a music video in SPACE!!” on 6th June.  What you may not realise is just how significant that would be.

The first person ever to shoot a music video in space was Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, commander of Expedition 35 to the International Space Station, who in May this year recorded a video of the song Space Oddity (although in the interests of perhaps not jinxing his return flight, Chris changed the lyrics this time ending the song with with Major Tom getting his orders to land and doing so safely!).  Hadfield announced the video on his Twitter account, writing: “With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World”.  Bowie responded to the video, tweeting back to Hadfield: “Hallo Spaceboy”. The video has had over 15,000,000 views on YouTube.  Popular then.  I certainly enjoyed it.

So he made history, as an astronaut.  Justin however is not an astronaut, he’s a recording artist and as such, if he were to record a music video in space he would be the first EVER artist to do so!  Now wouldn’t that be something to tell the grandchildren and how popular would that music video be?!  I’m thinking EXTREMELY.

SpaceShipTwo, which Justin and Scooter would be travelling on is currently undergoing final tests ahead of it’s first scheduled trip later on this year. Sir. Richard and his family will be the first passengers on the six-seater plane.  It is capable of flying 68 miles above the earth and passengers will experience zero gravity for a short period of time during the flight.  The spacecraft is suborbital and is launched from a large aeroplane, giving the spacecraft more initial speed and altitude than if it were launched from the ground.

Take a look at a video of the spacecraft here:

It would be technically tricky to achieve a music video in space in this situation but somehow I suspect it’s the challenge that appeals to Justin.  He could be about to boldly go where no recording artist has gone before and make history, and it would be hard not to be impressed by his enthusiasm for adventure.  Something Branson can certainly identify with.

Lucy. J.


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