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Ashton Kutcher To Cheat On Earth As Richard Branson’s 500th Astronaut

We have to admit, those ads featuring a goatee’d boy version of Richard Branson envisioning the future are pretty cute. Not “sign me up to give him $200,000 and put my life in his hands” cute, but maybe that’s just because we’re not rich. And kind of scared of space travel. Ashton Kutcher, on the other hand, is now free from family obligations and eager to expand his frontiers. So why not sign up to be astronaut #500 on Branson’s Virgin Galactic?

“Great news today news from our Astronaut Relations team at Virgin Galactic: our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher,” Branson wrote in a blog entry on Virgin.com. “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome 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.”

That $200,000 will get Ashton a seat on the SpaceShipTwo, which will fly 100km above the earth for a trip lasting six hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So, no time for Martian romances just yet, but this is just the beginning.

[Photos: Getty Images, Virgin Galactic]