Ashton Kutcher Set for Space Ride

Most probably, Ashton Kutcher would soon be tweeting from outer space! The 34-year-old actor has become the 500th customer who has signed up for the Richard Branson’s pioneering spaceship trip. Branson’s company Virgin Galactic is planning on taking a bunch of people on a trip to the suborbital outer space.

Asthon Kutcher was all over in the gossip columns for his divorce with high profile actress Demi Moore, who is 15 years older than him.

In fact, having a celebrity on board has increased the prospects of the British tycoon’s pioneering spaceship program. Richard Branson, the publicity loving, billionaire founder of Virgin Atlantic was very happy posting this exclusive news on his blog. “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him,” posted Branson

“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.”

He also posted an online video link boasting the functions of his spaceship.

Ashton is considered a highly rated artist who has gained popularity through TV shows like ‘That 70’s Show’ and “Punk’d”. He is now playing the part of Walden Schmidt in the highly rated sitcom” Two and A half men” replacing the main lead Charlie sheen.

An A-list actor inHollywood, with movies like “Butterfly effect” and “What happened in Vegas” to his credit, Kutcher is estimated to have a net worth of around $140 million. So the total cost of $200,000 fare for a ride on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane (a.k.a VSS Enterprise) will not be a much of a big deal for the actor.

Ashton is also active on social media with a record 9.8 million Twitter followers. Ashton confirmed Branson’s message on his own Twitter feed, but declined to add any comments.

However, Ashton is not likely to be the sole celebrity on Branson’s Virgin Galactic’s list. Other probables includeHollywoodactors such as Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Prominent physicist Stephen Hawking is also receiving a honorary ride to the space.

Since free-glide and rocket powered test flights are now on at the Mojave Air and Space Port, it will be too early to predict a date for Ashton Kutcher’s space endeavor.

What do you think? What are the odds for Ashton being the first prime-time TV star to tweet from outer space?

Here’s a video on Branson’s plans: