Michael Schumacher is widely regarded as a man who has achieved everything he could have wanted from his life, but the German is poised to take his ambitions beyond the ordinary after apparently signing up to join the elite few individuals ever to have gone into space.

The German is reported to be the latest famous name to sign up for a ride on one of Brawn GP sponsor Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space trips. Arabian Business claims that Schumacher's place on the waiting list was confirmed just a week after Ferrari announced that he was the team's choice to replace the injured Felipe Massa.

The 40-year old seven-time F1 world champion is among a lengthy list of famous names to have signed up among the 300 paying passengers for the $200,000 flights, according to Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn, joining fellow racing driver Niki Lauda, French designer Philippe Starck, and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

"There is a long list of 300 people, who come from all walks of life," Whitehorn confirmed, "Many are scientific entrepreneurs, some of them are from the financial services industry, and we've got a couple of politicians, although they don't want their names released at the moment."

Rumours suggesting that Schumacher may follow Virgin to F1 newcomer Manor Grand Prix have no basis!

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