Virgin Galactic launched Ashton Kutcher into space. He’s headed for the moon.
On the same day that Richard Branson announced that Ashton Kutcher was the 500th future astronaut picked by Virgin’s Astronaut Relations Department, they also decided to launch Ashton into space – for a trial run.
The special Kutcher Launch had been planned for years and after Ashton (Astronaut 500) accepted his position, Branson put him on the Virgin Galactic space module and launched him into space.
Kutcher said he was “stoked” to be on the rocket ship. He is thrilled to be among the first citizens to fly into outer space and cross and experience the magic of space for himself.
The journey cost Kutcher $200,000 (which is about what he makes for ten minutes on Two And A Half Men). Kutcher is reportedly worth $140 million. Other celebrities are on the list for space flight with Virgin Galactic – Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – but they were not on the moon launch today. Stephen Hawking was supposedly irate that he was not put on the rocket to the moon today, so he went to a strip club to help calm his nerves.
Kutcher will be back from the moon by next week. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is headed for Mars.
Virgin Galactic started taking reservations for space flight in 2007. There’s a special launch planned for December 20, 2012, the day the Mayans said the world will end. Book it now!