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Sarah Brightman begins training for ISS visit

By T.K. Randall
January 17, 2015 · Comment icon 15 comments

The soprano will be the first professional singer to perform in space. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Svnnsmsn
The 'Phantom of the Opera' singer is set to spend ten days aboard the space station in October.
The British soprano will be the first professional performing artist ever to sing in space when she travels to the International Space Station later this year aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft with cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and Denmark's Andreas Mogensen.

The 54-year-old, who will be the eighth ever space tourist following on from Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, games developer Richard Garriott and Microsoft co-founder Charles Simonyi, has paid a whopping $52 million for the privilege.
Brightman arrived in Russia this week to begin a nine-month training course to prepare her for the mission but was forced to postpone proceedings for a few days due to ill-health.

She is however expected to resume her training shortly and has no plans to cancel the trip.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by toast 9 years ago
IS trainig? Oh, wait, ISS training.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Sundew 9 years ago
I believe they currently have problems with the cooling system leaking ammonia, I would guess they don't need any "guests" right now, unless she knows how to fix a cooling system.
Comment icon #8 Posted by stevemagegod 9 years ago
"$52 million for the privilege." Too much money for any one person to have. Bull **** that Space is reserved for the Rich and Famous.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Hawkin 9 years ago
Why her? Why not Marina Sirtis?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Child of Bast 9 years ago
All these 'i's and 's's get me confused.......Is Sarah Brightman becoming a jihadist or not? :w00t: :w00t: Why her? Why not Marina Sirtis? Cuz Troi's already been there?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Red Moon 9 years ago
It's really cool news and I'm glad she's going to do this space trip.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 9 years ago
British singer Sarah Brightman talked about her future 10-day trip to space during a conference at Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, just outside of Moscow. Video from the conference has been released by GCTC earlier today. http://sputniknews.c...1017117078.html It's really cool news and I'm glad she's going to do this space trip. I agree.
Comment icon #13 Posted by governmentcheese 9 years ago
I keep confusing ISS with ISIS. It's annoying.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy 9 years ago
I think people are loosing sight of the real star of that mission. Andreas Mogensen is going to be the first Danish astronaut.
Comment icon #15 Posted by spyyder976 9 years ago
This is funny because Lady Gaga said she would perform the first ever concert from space this year lol.

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