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Madonna Becomes First Celebrity Space Tourist

In what is being called the Like A Virgin Galactic first celebrity space flight, pop singer Madonna has paid her way into space. When the Material Girl was turned down for a space tourism flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2006 by the Russian space agency DUMA, Madonna decided to enlist the help of Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines and Virgin Galactic.

 


Madonna becomes the first celebrity space tourist

 

Virgin Galactic is partnering with Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites in order to build SpaceShipTwo upon which, the pop singer will be flying. Estimated costs for the first flight range from $500,000 to a cool $1 million, but a pittance compared to the $20 million that Madonna would have had to shell out for a trip to the ISS. Scaled Composites was the first company to put a commercial spaceship into space with their record-setting SpaceShipOne.

Test flights of the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft have been hurried to accommodate the pop diva's heavy touring season this summer. According to Madonna, "I'm a virgin when it comes to space and this would be incredible if it weren't a stupid April Fools joke". And, so there you have it, another fake news report at exactly the time of year that one should be the most skeptical.

 

Posted April 1, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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