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600 people have reserved $250,000 tickets to fly to space with Virgin Galactic, including celebrities like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga

600 people have reserved $250,000 tickets to fly to space with Virgin Galactic, including celebrities like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga


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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson is expected to fly to the edge of space on Sunday.




Roughly 600 people - including celebrities - have reserved tickets worth $250,000 for future flights.




Another 1,000 have made deposits for when ticket sales resume after Branson's flight.




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While Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos claim they aren't in a race to be the first billionaire in space, a long list of wealthy people aim to be among the earliest A-listers to travel to the edge of the infinite.Roughly 600 people from 58 countries have reserved tickets worth up to $250,000 to be in the first waves of space tourists, according to company filings. The list is widely believed to include celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Ashton Kutcher.The number of actual reservations has held relatively steady since 2014 when SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert , injuring the pilot and killing the co-pilot. Some ticket holders have been waiting more than 15 years to take their flights, according to Reuters.In February last year, the company rolled out a campaign that pulled in another 1,000 signups - this time for refundable $1,000 deposits toward the price of a full ticket when sales reopen following Branson's flight on Sunday.
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