Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher revealed that he bought a ticket to go into space on one of Virgin Galactic’s next flights – but then sold the ticket back to the company at the request of his wife, Mila Kunis.
“When I got married and had children, my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to go out into the room when we have young children, so I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic,” Kutcher told Cheddar News in an interview Wednesday. “I should be on the next flight, but I do not want to be on the next flight.”
Virgin Galactic successfully flew its co-founder Sir Richard Branson and team members Sirisha Bandla, Beth Moses and Colin Bennett as well as pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci to the edge of space last week on the company’s first manned flight.
The company plans to conduct another test flight before starting commercial flights.
More than 600 people have so far booked tickets for the company’s space flights, which range in price from $ 200,000 to $ 250,000.
The company is expected to open more tickets for sale soon.
“I do not want to be on the next flight, but at some point I will have to go into space,” Kutcher added in the interview.
Kutcher’s announcement comes at a critical time in space tourism as both Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos – owned Blue Origin prepare to launch commercial operations to the public in the coming months.
Blue Origin is preparing to launch Bezos as well as the company’s first paying customer in space on Tuesday.
Blue Origin has not yet opened ticket sales to the public or announced its expected prices. It is expected after the company’s virgin journey.