The space shuttle Endeavour is currently being transported to its final resting place in California, and spectators from across the Golden State have lined up to catch a glimpse of the decommissioned orbiter.
But while Endeavour's days in outer space are over, we're certain that plenty of its admirers are being inspired to reach for the stars. In fact, we can think of a few celebrities who have publicly declared their dreams of conquering the final frontier — and in all likelihood, many of them are anxiously awaiting the retired shuttle's arrival at the California Science Center.
Here's a look at some celebrities who are more than ready to blast off.
In May, 2012, Ashton Kutcher reserved a spot on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic airlines, making him the 500th "space tourist" to do so.
Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, announced plans for Virgin Galactic Airlines in 2004. The project aims to provide paying passengers with sub-orbital space "tours," and the price tag is set at $200,000 for a two hour flight. In a recent interview with the New York Post, Branson also revealed his plan to eventually create a space colony on Mars.
Apparently, Charlize Theron's role in "Prometheus" has piqued her interest in space travel. The 36-year-old actress has expressed a desire to board Branson's Virgin Galactic flight, saying, ''I'm totally open to going up in space." Theron then added, "I'm sure it would be scary, but hopefully I'd just be going to see what it looks like, so I'd be coming back. I wouldn't miss anything here because I try to live in the present.''
Theron's "Prometheus" co-star, Michael Fassbender, says he, too, wouldn't mind blasting off into the cosmos. "If I had a chance to go into space, I'd definitely take it," said the actor.
Singer and former N*Sync member Lance Bass had dreamed of traveling into space his whole life, and in 2002, he almost got the chance. The pop star completed cosmonaut training and was scheduled to travel into space aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule as part of a television documentary. Unfortunately, plans were scrapped when the television deal fell through and Bass' sponsors backed out.
Russell Brand and Katy Perry
What do you buy for the spouse who has everything? Well, before they split up, singer Katy Perry bought then-husband Russell Brand a trip into space through Virgin Galactic. "He's … always searching for what is beyond this world, and we both kind of have this same vision and are always looking for more," she said. There's no word on whether Brand got to keep his ticket in the divorce settlement.
If Justin Bieber could choose any other career path, the teen heart-throb says "I would probably be an astronaut because I want to go to space." At least that's what he told the U.K. television show "Daybreak," though he later balked at the price of Branson's space tourism flight. "I don't know if I want to spend that much money," he said.