The Chainsmokers go into space – or, at least, to the outer reaches of space. The Associated Press reports that the dance-pop duo have committed to performing in a pressurized capsule that will be attached to a stratospheric balloon that will float 20 miles above the earth’s surface. The flight will not take place until 2024, so we will have to deal with the presence of the Chainsmokers on our planet for another two years.
The very idea of the Chainsmokers performing on a stratospheric balloon comes from World View, one of the new space tourism companies that popped up recently. From 2024, World View plans to send tourists on flights that will last between six and 12 hours. The World View capsule will accommodate eight passengers and two crew members. According to Space.com, each seat on the ship will cost $50,000, making it by far the cheapest option for space tourism. The idea is that you’ll pay that much to climb high enough to see the curvature of the planet and the vast darkness of space.
The Chainsmokers are booked on one of the first World View flights. In a press release, the duo declares: “We have always dreamed of going to space and we are delighted to collaborate with World View to live this adventure and this experience. We know the sights of Earth and space are going to be amazing and inspiring and we hope to leverage this flight for creativity on future projects.
World View claims the Chainsmokers will be the first artists to perform in the stratosphere. World View CEO Ryan Hartman invited the Chainsmokers to dinner and explained the idea to them. He chose the Chainsmokers because he heard his young son sing one of their songs and because he wants to get younger kids excited about spaceflight.
We last heard from the Chainsmokers on this website last month, when their 2017 hit “Paris” became an unlikely rallying song for abortion rights on TikTok. Being a Chainsmoker should be a constant series of strange adventures.