Just days after Sir Richard Branson celebrated his historic and successful flight to the edge of space aboard his Virgin Galactic ship, the "Two and a Half Men" actor revealed that he was supposed to be a passenger on the next Virgin flight to space, but his wife talked him out of it.
"When I got married and had kids, my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children, so I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic," he told Cheddar News. "I was supposed to be on the next flight, but I will not be on the next flight."
Still, Ashton has not given up on his desire to visit the great beyond.
"At some point, I'm going to space," he said.
The thought of civilians going to space used to be farfetched, but that's no longer the case, as several companies are planning to offer space tourism, including Virgin, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company and Elon Musk's SpaceX company.
On July 11, as he descended from the edge of space, Sir Richard sent out a statement about his voyage.
"Now I'm looking down at our beautiful spaceport. Congratulations to everybody for creating such a beautiful, beautiful place," he said. "Congratulations to all of our team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard, hard work to get us this far."
Blue Origin has a space mission set for July 20, and its famed owner will be aboard the flight.