Bran­son hails Kutcher as 500th space cus­tomer

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Bri­tish bil­lion­aire Richard Bran­son said Mon­day his ven­ture to launch pay­ing tourists into space has net­ted its 500th cus­tomer, and it’s none other than Ash­ton Kutcher.

Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press, Mr. Bran­son made the an­nounce­ment on his blog, say­ing he gave the ac­tor a quick call 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,” Mr. Bran­son wrote.

Mr. Kutcher is among dozens of Hol­ly­wood types, in­ter­na­tional en­trepreneurs, sci­en­tists, space buffs and oth­ers who have made de­posits to be among the first to reach the edge of the Earth on Mr. Bran­son’s Vir­gin Ga­lac­tic space line.

Mr. Bran­son has said the aim is to one day make trav­el­ing to space safe and af­ford­able for the masses, not just those who can af­ford the cur­rent $200,000 ticket price.

The com­pany will launch its space­craft from Space­port Amer­ica, a spe­cially de­signed ter­mi­nal and run­way built in a re­mote stretch of desert in south­ern New Mex­ico.

Ash­ton Kutcher

Dame Edna Ever­age

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