Ashton Kutcher is expanding his celebrity to new heights: he’s plunked down some significant coin to become Virgin Galactic’s 500th astronaut. Virgin Galactic has been promising its passengers that they’ll head into space “next year” since 2008, but the low-orbit SpaceShipTwo craft is still undergoing trials.
“I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him,” wrote Virgin’s Richard Branson in a blog post. “He 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.”
It costs some $20,000 to reserve a spot on SpaceShipTwo, but fully paid tickets for the six-passenger flight will cost closer to $200,000. If you had the money to burn, would you pay to fly into space with Virgin Galactic?