Host Of Celebrities Sign Up On Branson’s Space Flight

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One world is not enough for these celebrities. Daily News photo by Getty Images

Star-gazing is about to take on a whole new meaning. Celebs can’t wait to put themselves into orbit — with A-listers lining up for seats aboard billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ship.

Flights aree xpected to start later this year. More than 500 aspiring astronauts — including a cadre of celeb space cadets — are reaching for the stars by shelling out $200,000 for a 2 1/2-hour voyage with six minutes of weightlessness. Reaching new heights of celebrity will be one small step for these superstars — and one giant leap for superstardom.

Justin Bieber: Considering his recent space-case behavior, it should come as no surprise that the Biebs wants to launch himself into orbit. His manager Scooter Braun also signed up, and was so excited that he tweeted “I’m going to space momma.”

Ashton Kutcher: Kutcher signed up last year as Virgin Galactic’s 500th customer — and got a personal thank-you call and blog post from Branson himself. “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 wrote.

Stephen Hawking: The legendary astrophysicist accepted a free Virgin Galactic ticket not only to fulfill his own dream of going into space, but to raise awareness for what he sees as humanity’s vital mission to explore the stars. “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” he said. “I therefore want to encourage public interest in space and I’ve been getting my training in early.”

Russell Brand: It’s no surprise the professional nut-job wants to roll his marbles around in outer space. Before he broke up with her via text message, Brand’s ex Katy Perry bought him the Virgin Galactic ticket as a 35th birthday present. “It just doesn’t seem right coming from my background,” Brand said of the trip to space. “Ten years ago I was a junkie; if I wanted to go to space I had to do crack.”

Justin Bieber and his manager have both reserved seats.

Ethan Miller/Getty Images Justin Bieber and his manager have both reserved their seats.

Katy Perry: Well this could get awkward! Not content to have Russell go to space alone, Perry ended up buying herself a ticket a year later. Soon after, they divorced — but Perry hasn’t said anything about swapping her Virgin Galactic seat for lots of free miles within the troposphere. “I’m so into extraterrestrial stuff,” she said. “It’s very difficult for me to look up into the sky in the middle of the night and not think that our planet is one of… a bajillion.”

Brangelina: Jolie — a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — likely won’t make contact with any real aliens during her brief space flight, but if she does, those extraterrestrials ought to consider themselves lucky. And Pitt might feel the need to flee Earth considering the reviews for his would-be summer blockbuster “World War Z.” A $200,000 ticket is a lot cheaper than a $400 million bomb.

Kate Winslet: The pregnant Kate Winslet managed to snag free seats for her family on Virgin Galactic thanks to her hubby, Ned Rocknroll, who serves as the space tourism company’s “head of marketing and astronaut experience” — and happens to be Branson’s newphew. Their little bundle of joy also has a spot on the joyride.

Leonardo DiCaprio: Leo has the benefit of knowing his crewmate. The starry-eyed heartthrob will blast off with Russian real estate broker Vasily Klyukin, 37, who snatched up the second seat in a charity auction in Cannes for $1.5 million. “I want to be a bit daring,” Klyukin said after becoming DiCaprio’s honorary copilot. “I will have to give up smoking now for sure!”

Lance Bass: More than a decade has passed since the Bass-tronaut’s dreams of space travel came crashing down when he got booted from cosmonaut training for failing to pay his $20-million tuition. Like poor Pluto, which is no longer considered a planet, Bass is not quite the heavenly body he once thought he was. Source: Daily News

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