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Virgin Galactic became the first human spaceflight company ever to list on the New York Stock Exchange in October 2019. It was supposed to send its ticket holders — of its revolutionary commercial space tour (first of its kind)— to out of space in 2020, but unfortunately, COVID-19 concerns changed plans. However, celebs are due for an extraordinary space experience in the coming days when the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted after regrouping from the pandemic.
Which celebs have bought their ticket to travel on a space flight with Virgin Galactics?
- Leonardo DiCaprio
- Justin Bieber
- Peter Thiel
- James Cameron
- Ashton Kutcher
- Russell Brand
- Katy Perry
- Brad Pitt
- Late Winslet
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- Sarah Brightman
- Richard Branson
- Mila Kunis
Based on an article on thetravel.com, the listed celebs in this article have already purchased a ticket to travel to space with Virgin Galactic. Ashton Kusher, Russel Brand, Katy Perry, Brad Pit and Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the ticket holders on this list who have purchased their tickets starting back when they went on sale in 2013. Tickets are a whopping $250,000.
How many ticket holders in total— that we know of — will tour with Virgin Galactic’s space mission?
According to NYdailynews, there are over 500 aspiring astronauts and celebrities who have paid $200,000 to tour space with Virgin Galactics.
Do you have to be in good shape to travel into space?
One of the main preventatives that will keep celebs from going into space is their health. If celebs fail to meet a certain health standard requirement for traveling out in space, they will not be permitted to travel. Why? Microgravity in space causes body fluids to move around. When this happens, plasma is lost. Plasma in the body carries oxygen to the blood. Exercising will help increase the amount of plasma in the body. Without adequate plasma, and a lack of gravity, you’ll faint. It's imperative to ensure you have adequate plasma in your body to fully enjoy your mission to space. For your information: plasma is responsible for carrying "nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it".
Where is the Virgin Galactic base located?
The base where Virgin Galactic will fly its tourists out of is located at Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert.
What engineering problems has the Virgin Galactic rocket had in the past?
The Virgin Galactic’s Unity rocket had a minor engine concern during its test flight in December 2020. The engine of the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo space plane would ignite for about a second and then cut off. No major concerns of damages or injuries were reported as a result of this engine failure.
Has the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Unity ever made it into space?
Yes. Virgin Galactic has managed to fly its spacecraft out in space in December of 2018 during a test flight. It reached just the edge of space (where many believe is where space begins), but the test was considered as a start for a bright future for Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic managed to reach space again in February 2019 during another test flight, reaching higher altitudes this time than in December 2018. The SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity soared an altitude of 55.87 miles while its December 2018 flight reached an altitude of 51.4 miles.
Once COVID-19 is properly managed, and the space plane of Virgin Galactic is running as it should, the 14 celebs listed in this article will be off to experience the great adventure of space.
BishamonSr (author) on October 17, 2021:
Cynthia from Philippines on October 16, 2021:
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John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 15, 2021:
Good luck to these celebrities and anyone else who has invested in this adventure. If they have that kind of money to spare and are risk-takers, why not? I, for one, am not interested in the least. I can still remember watching the space shuttle explode only seconds after take off, so I’m out.