Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Cruise almost ready for space travel

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise is looking forward to realising his boyhood dream of flying into space but wants to let “other people test it out first”.

The 50-year-old action hero says going into orbit has always been a boyhood dream.

Civilians will soon be able to follow astronauts into space as Sir Richard Branson plans to launch two-hour tourism missions on his Virgin Galactic later this year.

According to UK newspaper The Sun, Tom is ready to follow the entrepreneur out of this world as soon as he’s sure it’s safe.

“Who wouldn’t want to do something like that?” he gushed at the Moscow premiere of his new film Oblivion.

“I’m going to let a couple of other people test it out first but it would be great. I was always hoping when I was a kid that we would be travelling to different planets by now.”

According to the Associated Press, over 500 people have purchased $200,000 tickets on Virgin Galactic.

Tom has been thinking of space travel frequently as he plays one of the last surviving people on Earth after an alien invasion in his new futuristic film.

He admitted he’s curious about life on other planets and encountering other beings doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility.

“I don’t think you can actually count it out,” he confessed. “It might be a little arrogant to think we were the only ones in all the galaxies throughout the universe - but I’ve never met one!” he laughed.

Tom has had some experience prepping for space travel so he’ll be ready to go when the time comes.

The actor flew a Space Shuttle simulator at NASA’s space centre in Houston, Texas as part of his research for Oblivion, according to The Sun.

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