Ashton Kutcher & Leonardo DiCaprio Might Reconsider Virgin Galactic Flight After Fatal Test Flight
Celebs like Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio, who were planning to head into space on a future Virgin Galactic commercial flight, might just rethink their adventure following a fatal test mission on Friday.
One pilot on board Richard Branson's SpaceShip Two rocket plane flight over the Mojave Desert in California died in the crash, while another suffered major injuries.
A spokesman for Virgin Galactic claims the rocket suffered "a serious anomaly" before crashing to earth. Reports suggest the vehicle burst into flames and the wreckage was scattered across the desert.
An official Virgin Galactic tweet reads: "We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates ASAP."
More than 700 people, including Kutcher and DiCaprio, have reportedly paid up to $250,000 (Dhs920,000) for a two-and-a-half-hour ride into space on the rocket plane.
New dad Kutcher recently joked about the dangers of heading into space on board Branson's rocket plane, stating, "Now that I have a daughter, I don't want to be on the first flight. I'm happy to let somebody else go up and test it." But he added, "I think going to space will be a valuable thing... I think going to space and looking back at Earth as just a piece of something much larger will be a profound experience, and I think that it'll allow me to have a perspective on my life and where I'm going and what I'm doing that's different than what I have today."
In an unfortunate coincidence, the rocket plane tragedy occurred on the same day bosses at movie ticket website Fandango.com announced plans for an out-of-this-world prize for one lucky film fan purchasing an early ticket to Matthew McConaughey's Interstellar - a trip to space. Paramount bosses have teamed up with the site and XCOR Aerospace to offer up a ticket on board a space flight next year.