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Ashton Kutcher is Headed to Space???

...To get away from Demi Moore!

No, that's actually the joke spreading around on the internet. But it is true that actor Ashton Kutcher will be an astronaut heading out to space.

Ashton Kutcher

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British adventure billionaire Richard Branson announced on his blog this week that Ashton Kutcher, 34, has signed up to be the 500th space tourist on Branson's Virgin Galactic airlines. The suborbital spacecraft will give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness at a cost of $200,000 per ride.

"I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him," Branson wrote. "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."

Branson expects to launch a test flight beyond the Earth's atmosphere this year and possibly start sending commercial passengers into space in 2013 or 2014 on its six-passenger jets.

Wow! $200,000 per ride!? Like really?