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Actor Ashton Kutcher is going to outer space. Virgin Galactic founder and billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced Monday that Kutcher is the 500th person to sign up to use the company’s transportation to visit the final frontier.
In a blog post, Branson wrote that the Two and a Half Men star just signed up to go to outer space. Branson added that he personally called Kutcher up to “congratulate and welcome him.” He added that Kutcher “is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.”
Branson continued to show his enthusiasm for Kutcher joining on, saying that the actor is now among the “fast expanding group of true pioneers who are on their way to a life changing experience and a place in the history books. It’s great to have him on board.” He also added that the 499th passenger will be entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar, who is just as excited to go up as Kutcher.
According to MSNBC’s Cosmic Log, Kutcher joins a full list of celebrities who are also paying Branson to go up into space with Virgin Galactic. In the past, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Katy Perry have reportedly been interested, as is husband and wife power couple Beyonce and Jay Z. The only celebrity Branson has offered to take up for free is noted physicist Stephen Hawking.
It is still not known when Kutcher could actually see some time in space. Reuters reports that Kutcher would fly on SpaceShipTwo, which is still having tests done. Branson’s commercial spaceflight program is not expected to officially start until sometime next year at the earliest. Suborbital flights through the program will cost $200,000 a person and will take them 68 miles up in the air.
Branson explains the program in the following show reel:
image courtesy of CBS