VG News: Mark Burnett Franchises Space Race Show to India, Ashton Gets Sick

Ashton Kutcher, future millionaut. (Credit: David Shankbone)
Ashton Kutcher, future millionaut. (Credit: David Shankbone)

A couple of other Virgin Galactic space tourism items this morning, including a TV show in India:

The Indian version of upcoming American TV show Space Race will chronicle the struggle of 16 competitors vying for the coveted spot on the spacecraft.

Interestingly, the rights to the show, created by LA-based TV producer Mark Burnett (of Survivor and The Apprentice fame), have been acquired by a Mumbai-based production house for the Indian market. “Yes, we have acquired the rights for an Indian version. We got it last month (in October),” says Akash Sharma, co-founder and managing director, Bulldog Media & Entertainment.

Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher’s training for his upcoming SpaceShipTwo flight got a little messy:

He tells U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, “The zero G thing, they call it the ‘Vomit Comet’ – it’s aptly named. It’s an airplane that does these parabolas in the air. You go up, and when it starts to dive down, you’re at zero Gs and you have to take the G forces coming up.

“But vomit behaves differently in zero G. When you throw up in the vomit bag, it just kind of stays there, with you, when you’re flying.

“And apparently they sent out a memo out the day before that we weren’t supposed to drink. I didn’t get the memo. And then you’re apparently not supposed to eat before. I didn’t get that memo either.”