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A-list actor Tom Cruise plans to book a seat on the commercial aircraft SpaceShipTwo, which will offer suborbital flights into outer space to any paying customer with $200,000.
British billionaire and entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, unveiled his pioneering project called Virgin Galactic in 2009. His team of scientists came up with the SpaceShipTwo, a craft that seats six passengers and two pilots. It will launch from a spaceport in New Mexico.
According to The Sun, Cruise would be fulfilling a childhood dream by going into space. The actor said, “I was always hoping when I was a kid that we would be travelling to different planets by now.”
However, Cruise admitted that he didn’t want to be on the maiden voyage of SS2 saying, “I’m going to let a couple of other people test it out first but it would be great.”
As of today, a couple hundred people are in line to break in the commercial spacecraft, including a few other famous faces. Fellow actors Tom Hanks and "Brangelina" have made a deposit, along with renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Ashton Kutcher was the 500th ticket sold.
Cruise hinted once before that he was game for an outer space excursion. Back in 2002 the actor narrated the documentary Space Station 3D about the International Space Station.
At the movie’s premiere Cruise told People magazine, “As I kid, I just remember watching the Apollo mission…I admire what they do as astronauts, the commitment they have. They risk their lives. Wouldn’t you go? I’d definitely go.”
Cruise starred in several science fiction films including Minority Report and War of the Worlds. His most recent role is in the post-alien, invasion, survival film Oblivion, which is set to hit theaters April 19.
SpaceShipTwo is expected to start launching amateur astronauts into space in 2014.