Sarah Brightman's already soared to great heights on the charts as a singer. In 1978 she had a hit with the song "I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper." As it turns out, that title may have been a bit prophetic, as she's set to become the first recording artist in space, according to The Associated Press. Brightman is a champion of scientific causes, serving on the United Nations' behalf as an ambassador for their UNESCO agency, which helps foster scientific growth internationally.
Sarah is just the latest celebrity to book a ride into space. Earlier this year, Ashton Kutcher booked a ride on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space line. As the possibility of commercial space flight starts to become more of a reality will more and more celebs hop on the train, or rather, rocket into the atmosphere? We certainly hope so, and here are a few stars we think should give it considerable consideration.
William Shatner - This one is sort of a no-brainer isn't it? Shatner has a couple of really great reasons to book a space flight if he can. For starters, he's probably the most famous and arguably beloved "Star Trek" captain in that franchise's history (sorry, Patrick Stewart!). Secondly, he is the celebrity spokesman for an online travel agency, so it would seem that a perfect tie-in would be the "T.J. Hooker" star using that site to perhaps book himself a ticket into the final frontier.
Jim Parsons - For six seasons, Parsons has played the physicist with a lack of understanding of personal relationships Sheldon Cooper on CBS' hit comedy "The Big Bang Theory." So we ask you, who better to blast off on a rocket ship than Jim? Perhaps if he books a flight soon enough, they could sneak footage of Sheldon in space for a future episode of the show.
James Franco - There is literally almost nothing this man hasn't accomplished. He's got a bachelor's degree from UCLA, two master's degrees from Columbia, and another master's degree from New York University. He's also a bestselling author to boot. And if that wasn't enough, he also happens to be an Oscar-nominated actor who co-wrote and co-directed the upcoming film "Red Dog, Blue Dog." So seriously, shouldn't he just put "astronaut" on his resume too?
Harrison Ford - For the same reasons as Shatner, we included Ford on this list. If we have the means and ability to do so, shouldn't humankind put Han Solo in space? Sure, it's a bit of a bummer that he won't be piloting the Millennium Falcon, but maybe we could convince Peter Mayhew, who played Solo's first mate Chewbacca to don the brown fur and blast off into the stars with Ford and that'd be close enough.
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