Ashton Kutcher Will Get Himself Some ‘Space’

Virgin Galactic says uber-celebrity Ashton Kutcher is the company’s 500th customer to sign up for a suborbital trip into outer space.

Kutcher is arguably the highest-profile prospective spaceflier confirmed to be on Virgin Galactic’s list — although Tom Hanks, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are reportedly on the list as well. Beyonce and Jay-Z are among other celebs considering a flight. The stars are reportedly all paying their own way, except for physicist Stephen Hawking, who is receiving a free ride courtesy of billionaire founder Richard Branson.

It’s way too early to put Kutcher’s flight on the calendar. SpaceShipTwo is still in the midst of free-glide flight tests, with rocket-powered test flights expected to begin this year.

The current plan calls for commercial flight operations to be based at Spaceport America in New Mexico. SpaceShipTwo, which is capable of carrying six passengers and two pilots, would be linked up to its wide-winged WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and brought up to an altitude of 50,000 feet. At that height, SpaceShipTwo would drop from its mothership and turn on its hybrid rocket engine. The blast would take the craft beyond 62 miles (100 kilometers), the internationally accepted boundary of outer space — a commanding height from which Kutcher and his fellow passengers could see the arc of planet Earth and the dark sky of space above.

There’d be a few minutes of weightlessness, and then the passengers would return to their seats for the descent. After weathering up to 6 G’s of acceleration, the fliers would glide down to the landing — and get their astronaut wings back at Spaceport America.

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Katy Perry Dedicates Song to Tim Tebow on Super Bowl Concert

Katy Perry performed her first U.S. concert since splitting from hubby Russell Brand in Indianapolis, Ind., Saturday night, delivering a party-starting nine-song set for guests at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Hosted by Mark Cuban and Peyton Manning.

And the pop star seemed to have Super Bowl fever: Sporting a glittery, football-themed top and high-cut grey spandex shorts, Perry kicked off the show at 11:45 p.m. by bursting through a banner emblazoned with her name, just like a hometown gridiron hero.

“Who else is excited for Madonna?” she asked later on, referring to Queen of Pop’s Sunday halftime show. “That’s the only reason that I came!” (Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes, was spotted at Perry’s concert.)

Perry, 27, made no references to Brand, 36, throughout the set, but she did jokingly give a shout out to one special fellow who was on her mind. “This one goes out to Tim Tebow,” she said, before launching into her single “Peacock.”

Shaquille O’Neal, Neil Patrick Harris and partner David Burtka were among the celeb guests who caught her set from the side of the stage, while Chris Meloni and Scott Wolf made appearances.

Post-show, Perry partied with her pals in a roped-off area in the center of the room. Says an insider, “She was having the best time and was in such a great mood.”

Source: People Magazine

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