From the Hudson River to Space?

Never one to miss a PR opportunity, Virgin Galactic head honcho Richard Branson has offered to make the Hero of the Hudson – US Airways Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger – an astronaut.

“I’d like him to come fly for us,” Branson said in an interview. “We’ll make him the best-paid pilot at Virgin — we’ll give him double [the salary of] anybody else. He also can become one of the astronauts in my intergalactic spaceship company. The man can write his own ticket with me.”

Sullenberger, who saved the lives of 155 passengers when he landed his crippled jet on the Hudson River last month, called the offer “amazing.” He said he would entertain any offers that came his way.