From BBC News:
The singer and campaigner Bob Geldof is to travel into space as a passenger on a commercial space flight.
Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) is hoping to launch 100 people into space in 2014 at the cost of $100,000 (£64,000) per ticket. The first astronauts will travel 100km (62 miles) into space launching from Curacao in the Southern Caribbean sea.
Others who have already signed up include DJ Armin van Buuren and Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes.
Mr Geldof said: “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.”