Ashton Kutcher books ticket No. 500 on Virgin Galactic
Ashton Kutcher had better pack some cashmere booties, 'cause we hear it's cold in space.
Richard Branson, he of the Virgin empire, announced that "Two and a Half Men" star Kutcher was the 500th customer of his Virgin Galactic space commercial line — dropping $200,000 to climb on board the craft that lets mere mortals cruise above the planet.
"Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher. I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him," Branson said on his blog.
"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."
Branson said Kutcher is taking the ride with entrepreneur pal Shervin Pishevar, customer No. 499, as the men realized that they "both shared a childhood dream of going to space."
Without going all Bill Nye the Science Guy on the explanation, we tap our tech pals for an assist: Virgin Galactic will offer its customers suborbital flights, which will climb to the edge of space, or about 60 miles above the Earth's surface. At that altitude, passengers will experience weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth.
Other celebrities reported to have snatched up future flights include Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Katy Perry. Virgin Galactic is, according to Branson, "in the final stages of our exhaustive test flight program."
— Matt Donnelly
Photo: Ashton Kutcher arrives at the Colcci collection presentation at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 22. Credit: Andre Penner / Associated Press