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Gaga to perform in space

Posted: November 14, 2013 11:05 a.m.
Updated: November 15, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Lady Gaga will be the first artist to perform in space.

A media outlet reported that the 27-year-old will have her intergalactic debut in the early part of 2015. Gaga, who’ll fly Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to get to her otherworldly destination, said she was asked to perform and was given a complementary ticket. Lady Gaga’s performance will be broadcast during the Zero G Colony music festival in 2015. Zero G Colony will host a three-day hi-tech music festival at New Mexico’s $200 million Spaceport America. Zero G Colony’s website is not yet up and running but they do have an email update option. Their website banner says: “Zero G Colony is coming… A music experience that is truly out of this world.” I’m interested.

Lady Gaga was born to be the first performer in space. Reports aren’t clear about whether she’ll stay in the spaceliner or if she’ll be floating around in space, Sandra Bullock-“Gravity” style, however. Time Magazine’s headline for a small article they did on the announcement read, “Lady Gaga to Return to Her Homeland With 2015 Outerspace Performance.” Rude, but funny. Can you imagine the outfit? I’m hoping (I know) that someone will have created an amazing space suit just for her by then, so she won’t have to be caught dead in weird faux pas space suits we normally see. I can imagine something like the second of two gold 2010 Alexander McQueen outfits she wore in her video for “Bad Romance;” the whole video is a fabulous hint of foreshadowing, I have to say. I’m sure she’ll have some amazing dance moves, too.

Reports say that Gaga has taken out some extravagant life insurance policy and has to do a month of vocal training before the festival. She will, reportedly, be flying out just two months after the commercial flights at Spaceship America begin. Virgin Galactic is the first commercial spaceline company to ever exist. Branson, his wife and their two children will be the first commercial, “private passengers” to travel to using the terminal, according to Virgin Galactic’s website. NBC Universal announced a partnership with Virgin Galactic to televise their flight; there will be a primetime special the night before the family travels to space and three-hours of live coverage on the day they leave.

Just think, in a few years, there might be concerts in space; now that would be amazing. This whole ordeal reminds me of the “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century” Disney movies that premiered in the late 1990s. Zenon and her family, and a bunch of other people, made their home on a spaceship in the year 2049. After a few unlucky run-ins with the commander of the ship, Zenon is sent to live on Planet (dun, dun, dun) Earth. Of course, all the while, there was teenage drama and space pop bands called Proto Zoa and corruption to be revealed, which eventually help Zenon return to her beloved spaceship. I haven’t seen the movie in quite some time, but I remember thinking it would be pretty neat to live in space when I watched the made for TV movie in my elementary/middle school years.

Living in outer space seems like the next step, as Spaceship America, from what I can tell, will launch regular folk, who can afford to pay $250,000 a seat, right into space. Virgin Galactic signed a 20-year “lease-agreement” with the state of New Mexico in 2008. In 2005, Virgin Galactic and New Mexico started creating the spaceport on 27 square miles of land in southern part of the state. Foster + Partner, a UK-based company, won an international competition to design the spaceport, according to their website; they started construction in 2009. The spaceport will be operated by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority.

What a fabulous idea to host a “hi-tech” music festival and send a superstar to space to get the world excited about the U.S.’s advancement in space exploration. Best of luck to Lady Gaga; I’m sure her performance will be stellar.

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