Victoria’s Secret model Doutzen Kroes is set to fly into space aboard XCOR’s Lynx suborbital space plane from the Caribbean island of Curacao in 2014.
â€œMy work took me to the most amazing locations on Earth,” she said. “But I hear nothing is as beautiful as the sight of the Earth from space. All of the astronauts that have witnessed it say it has changed their lives.
“I am really excited to go and also proud to announce that SXC has donated one extra ticket to Dance4Life, the organisation that fights HIV and Aids among young people. This ticket will be auctioned July 2, prior to the event of Sensation White!” Kroes said in a press release.
Born in Eastermar, Kroes became a model after sending photos to the Paparazzi agency in Amsterdam. Kroes walked the runway of Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. In 2008, she became Victoria’s Secret’s newest angel. Named by Vogue.com readers as “Model of the Year” for 2005, she has done campaigns for Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Versace and other top fashion brands and appeared in the 2008 Pirelli calendar. Forbes named Kroes the fifth highest earning supermodel in the World in 2009 and 2010.
Kroes married DJ Sunnery James in 2010. On Jan. 21, she gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son named Phyllon Joy GorrÃ©.
The 26-year-old blond bombshell was one of 15 Founder Astronauts that Space Experience Curacao revealed during an April 12 press conference at the National Aerospace Laboratory in Amsterdam. SXC officials said that flights would begin from the Dutch island on Jan. 1, 2014.
Other prominent Founder Astronauts, who will carry out the first 100 flights, include:
- Hensley Meulens, San Francisco Giants hitting coach and Curacao native. â€œAmericans are crazy about space travel, but for Curacao this is also a great initiative. In terms of tourism, but also because of all the social and educational projects that will be set up on the island.â€
- Armin van Buuren, who was elected Best DJ in the world last year, for the fourth time in a row. His radio show â€˜A State Of Tranceâ€™ attracts around 30 million listeners each time it airs. Van Buuren: â€œOf course, itâ€™s like a dream to me! What DJ doesnâ€™t dream of going three times faster than his own sound? And the explosion of silence at the height of 100 km. I canâ€™t wait. A heart rate of 200 BPM should be achievable.â€
- Martin SchrÃ¶der, founder of Martinair, is another striking name on the list. â€œThe Dutch have always been pioneers in the field of air travel. The step to commercial space travel that SXC is about to take, is, in my opinion, at least as important as the introduction of the jet engine was. An out-of-the box initiative in the tradition of the Dutchâ€™ strong entrepreneurial character. I am looking forward to being part of aerospace history once again!â€
- Erica Terpstra, a retired Dutch freestyle swimmer, sports journalist, state secretary and member of parliament. â€œTravel outside the atmosphere makes a huge difference to the impact on the environment here on Earth. The SXC expeditions are in fact the first steps towards a significantly more efficient means of transport. Obviously, I can only encourage this. In short, SXC is an inspiring project at Olympic level!!â€
The founder astronauts enroll in a special program and become part of the development process. It includes, among other things, presence at test flights of the spacecraft and special training regarding G forces and weightlessness.
SXC co-founder Michiel Mol said, â€œWe are extremely pleased with the impressive list of founder astronauts. It proves that this kind of travel is suitable for a very wide audience. For these people, a dream will soon become reality and I hope many others will follow.”
Ticket sales only commenced on April 1, so it looks like the Lynx ride from the Caribbean resort island is proving to be popular.