Kate Winslet heading to space on Virgin Galactic thanks to Richard Branson

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Kate Winslet has married herself into the right wealthy British family. Her new husband, Ned Rocknroll, is the nephew of British billionaire Richard Branson, the man who founded the Virgin Group -- and she's already seeing the benefits of their union.

The Sun reports that Branson gave Winslet a free ticket on a Virgin Galactic flight after she saved his mother, Eve, from a fire during a vacation to his Necker Island home last year. She'll be flying in safe hands, as Rocknroll works for the company.

Virgin Galactic, which takes passengers on a two-hour flight 60 miles above the Earth's surface, is said to start taking trips next year. Over 530 tickets have already been purchased, and Winslet won't be the only celebrity on board. Russell Brand and Ashton Kutcher have also bought tickets, and Branson gave Stephen Hawking a free ride as well.

"She wants to go into space," Branson reportedly said in September. "I'm not sure she wants to go on a one-way trip to Mars, but she wants to go into space."

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