Famed actor Ashton Kutcher, known for his roles in shows like That ’70s Show and movies like No Strings Attached, once had a ticket to head into space. However, he sold the ticket after a conversation with his wife. Now, as you might imagine, he’s a little upset about his decision…
Ashton Kutcher – Astronaut?
In case you didn’t know, Ashton Kutcher first purchased his ticket to space back in 2012. Billionaire Richard Branson, the face and founder of Virgin, said that the actor bought his ticket on a Virgin Galactic flight for $200,000. Believe it or not, for that price, Kutcher was going to be the 500th person Virgin Galactic would bring into space. Unfortunately for Kutcher, he’s no longer leaving the planet, even for a few moments. It turns out, he sold the opportunity – all because his wife, actress Mila Kunis, told him to!
“I was booked on a flight to go to space and, in fact, I’m quite rueful about the fact that I am not going to space. When I got married and had kids, my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children,” Kutcher revealed recently. “So I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic. And I was supposed to be on the next flight, but I will not be on the next flight.”
While Kutcher might not be going anytime soon, he still wants to head off-planet one day. “I’m no longer booked on a flight to space, [but] someday I’m going to space,” he said. Just a few weeks ago, Branson reminded Kutcher of his missed opportunity. The CEO proved he can undoubtedly take paying customers to space…
Heading to Space
Just this month, Branson, alongside the crew on SpaceShipTwo, flew 53.5 miles into the atmosphere, reaching space in the skies above New Mexico. He not only became one of the few people to fly into space, but also proved the viability of Virgin Galactic. The company plans to start taking paying customers up next year. “The whole thing, it was just magical,” Branson said upon returning to earth. Along with the likes of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, Branson says these steps will one day help everyone head to space. “To all you kids out there — I was once a child with a dream, looking up to the stars. Now I’m an adult in a spaceship… If we can do this, just imagine what you can do,” Branson continued.
While some believe that the new billionaire space race is nothing more than a vanity play, former commander of the International Space Station Chris Hadfield disagrees. “That was an amazing accomplishment,” the astronaut said, watching Branson take off. “I’m just so delighted at what this open door is going to lead to now. It’s a great moment.” Only time will tell who turns out correct!