Bob Geldof will be first Irishman in space
Rocker Bob Geldof is to make history by becoming the first Irishman to travel into space.
The Boomtown Rats frontman will spend $100,000 on a ticket for the inaugural Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) commercial flight next year.
He will join other celebrity passengers including Dutch model Doutzen Kroes on the flight, which will travel 62 miles into space from a launch pad on the Caribbean island of Curacao.
Geldof says, "Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing. 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."
Geldof, 61, will begin training for the mission in a flight simulator in the Netherlands this weekend (14-15Sep13).
The SXC flight was launched as a rival to Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic project, which has already attracted stars including Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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