Virgin CEO Richard Branson announced yesterday that Ashton is the 500th person to pay his $200,000 to take a flight that briefly leaves the Earth's atmosphere.

"Ashton is joining a fast expanding group of true pioneers who are on their way to a life changing experience and a place in the history books. It's great to have him on board."

There have been test flights, but no paying customers have been taken up yet. No word on when Virgin Galactic will be up and running or when Ashton will be going into space.

Personally, I think it would be awesome to go up into space, but who has the extra $200,000 for that experience?  For budget reasons, we may have to stick with space simulators or the wind tunnels at the mall. Not as cool, but hey...we all can't be rich!

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