Kanye West, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen and Justin Timberlake are all among celebrity candidates being considered for a space trip. We can think of a few people we’d like to leave up there.
So that space tourism thing never really took off (pun intended). In the ten years since Dennis Tito became the first non-scientist-non-astronaut to go into orbit, only seven people have followed in his weightless footsteps, including the appropriately-named South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.
But the celebrity space tourism industry has really fizzled, perhaps most memorably when Lance Bass failed to come up with the necessary $20 million dollars that would have let him fly with the Russians in 2002. But since that’s obviously a market that needs to be tapped hard, people can vote on who they want to send into orbit.
The discount travel site TripAlertz has a contest going between 14 celebrities — whoever gets to 50,000 votes first has the opportunity to go to space. The seemingly-random list of famous people consists of Ashton Kutcher, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’Brien, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Ellen DeGeneres, Charlie Sheen, Kanye West, Gayle King, Joy Behar, Kathie Lee Gifford, or Lance Armstrong. We vote to launch Charlie Sheen and leave him up there. Or maybe our write-in candidate, Donald Trump. We wouldn’t miss him.
Of course, this is really just a big promo for the website’s own “deal” on a trip to space. For a cool $95,000 (with $20,000 down payment), anyone can buy a space flight package, unless they decide for “any reason or no reason at any time” that you can’t. It’s one of those group deal things, so if enough people sign up it comes down to the low, low price of $85,000. It’s quite the bargain.
It’s probably worth noting that the page also says, “No celebrity has endorsed this promotion or has yet agreed to fly into space.” The winner can give the trip to charity or take $25,000 in travel vouchers instead. But that’s not nearly as much fun. Right now Ashton Kutcher is in the lead. Either a lot of people want him off the planet or they’re interested to see what kinds of creepy, stalker-esque photos of space he’ll Twit Pic using those cameras he hawks.