In one of the first commercial space flights ever sent into the atmosphere, charity mouthpiece, fundraiser, Boomtown Rat and Olympic-level grump Bob Geldof will be leading the way for Irish cosmonauts.

The flight, run by Space Expedition Corporation, Richard Branson's main interstellar travel rivals, will be launching 100 people into space. These include Dutch trance DJ Armin Van Buuren and Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes.

It's not a cheap endeavour for Bob though - at $100,000 (£64,000) a pop tickets aren't exactly a bargain. Still, if it'll put a smile on his face, perhaps it'll be worth it.

Speaking to the BBC, Sir Bob said of his trip: "Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honour 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."

After undergoing special training in a flight simulator in Holland, the passengers will travel 100km (62 miles) into space on a Lynx X2 spacecraft.

It has not yet been confirmed whether the pilot will be open to bribes in order to add Bono to the crew and then stay there.

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