Space tourism may still be a pipe dream for most of us, but Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been doing a brisk business for nearly a decade. Founded back in 2004, the company will provide suborbital jaunts for anyone who can afford the hefty $200,000 price tag. That price point has generally kept Virgin Galactic as a luxury for the rich and famous, but now the company is crossing a huge milestone by signing up their 500th space tourist in the form of Ashton Kutcher. Unfortunately, they’re also going to bring him back to Earth, but they should probably downplay that part.
Branson announced that Kutcher would be VG’s 500th space tourist (I refuse to refer to him as an astronaut) via his blog Monday morning, adding that he had personally called the actor to congratulate him. “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,” said Branson.
Kutcher joins a long list of celebrities who have booked a flight with Virgin Galactic, including Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Katy Perry. If you happen to have $200k in loose change jingling around in your sofa cushions, you can visit Virgin Galactic’s website right here (where you will be put in contact with “your local accredited space agent”).
Or you could just wait 10 years and see if you can book a Mars flight for a mere $300k more…