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Star track: Newlywed Kate Winslet to celebrate wedding in space

Published time: December 29, 2012 15:39
Edited time: January 05, 2013 04:25
British actress Kate Winslet (L) and her boyfriend Ned Rocknroll. (Reuters / Siu Chiu)

British actress Kate Winslet (L) and her boyfriend Ned Rocknroll. (Reuters / Siu Chiu)

The 'Titanic' star received the once-in-a-lifetime wedding gift from her husband's millionaire uncle. Kate Winslet is set to travel to space after Richard Branson presented the actress with a $200,000 ticket on his Virgin Galactic suborbital vehicle.

Winslet wed Ned Rocknroll, the Virgin magnate’s nephew earlier this month, during a secret ceremony in New York, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Accrding to The Sun, Winslet was presented with this pricey gift after last year she helped save the tycoon’s mother from a blaze when his multi-million Carribean villa caught fire, trapping people inside.

That was the time when Kate met her future husband, Ned Rocknroll,who works part-time for Virgin Galactic.

"I'm not sure she wants to go on a one-way trip to Mars, but she wants to go into space," The Daily Telegraph quotes Richard Branson as saying.

Over 500 people, including actor Ashton Kutcher, have already purchased tickets for a space ride on the Virgin vehicle. Prominent British cosmologist Stephen Hawking also received a gift ticket to space from Branson.

The vehicle is now undergoing flight-testing at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, The Sun says.

A flight testing of Virgin Galactic′s privately-built suborbital spaceship, SpaceshipTwo. (Image from http://www.virgingalactic.com)
A flight testing of Virgin Galactic's privately-built suborbital spaceship, SpaceshipTwo. (Image from http://www.virgingalactic.com)
An illustration to show SpaceShipTwo with Science Research Payload Racks. (Image from http://www.virgingalactic.com)
An illustration to show SpaceShipTwo with Science Research Payload Racks. (Image from http://www.virgingalactic.com)