Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry, may be mulling over their decision to fly in the Virgin Galactic spacecraft, following a test mission on Friday.
One pilot on board Richard Branson’s SpaceShip Two rocket plane died in the crash, while another pilot suffered serious injuries.
A spokesman for Virgin Galactic claims the rocket suffered “a serious anomaly” before crashing to earth.
The aircraft 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 celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, Leonardo DiCaprio, Katy Perry, and Kate Winslet, have reportedly paid up to $250,000 for a two-and-a-half-hour ride into space on the rocket plane.
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.”
The rocket plane tragedy occurred on the same day 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.
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