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Sarah Brightman cancels trip in to space


Posted on Thursday, 14 May, 2015 | Comment icon 21 comments

The singer will no longer be flying to the space station in September. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Svnnsmsn
The soprano had been set to become the first professional singer in space later on this year.
Brightman had been training in Russia to become one of only a small handful of space tourists to visit the International Space Station having paid $54 million for the privilege.

The trip, which had been organized through US-based company Space Adventures, was to see her spend 10 days in orbit and become the first singer ever to perform a concert in space.

Now however it appears that she won't be going after all.

"Ms. Brightman said that, for personal family reasons, her intentions have had to change, and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time," her website stated.

It isn't clear exactly what led to her change of heart, especially given that her training for the trip had been going well, but there is always a chance that she will resume the attempt again in the future.

"Since 2012, Sarah has shared her story of a lifelong dream to fly to space," said Eric Anderson, chairman and co-founder of Space Adventures.

"Her international fame as the world’s best-selling soprano has enabled her message to circle the globe, inspiring others to pursue their own dreams."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (21)

Tags: Sarah Brightman, ISS

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #12 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 15 May, 2015, 14:05
No. it's as safe as a spacecraft was in the twentieth century. This is the twenty-first century. You ride that antique if you want to. I am not sure what you mean by that ? Would you really rather be a passenger on a new system, rather than one with a proven safety record, just because it is more modern ? The Space shuttle was more modern than the Soyuz, but in 30 years of service it lost 14 lives, compared to Soyuz's 4 lives in 44 years (none since 1971). You do the math ! In manned spaceflight safety allways comes before cutting edge technology. The next US manned spacecrafts (Orion, Dragon ... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hammerclaw on 15 May, 2015, 14:20
I am not sure what you mean by that ? Would you really rather be a passenger on a new system, rather than one with a proven safety record, just because it is more modern ? The Space shuttle was more modern than the Soyuz, but in 30 years of service it lost 14 lives, compared to Soyuz's 4 lives in 44 years (none since 1971). You do the math ! In manned spaceflight safety allways comes before cutting edge technology. The next US manned spacecrafts (Orion, Dragon V2 and CST-100) are all going to use the same tried and tested configuration as Soyuz, Vostok, Voskhod, Shenzhou, Apollo, Mercury and G... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 May, 2015, 14:21
I am not sure what you mean by that ? I don't think he does either.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 15 May, 2015, 14:24
I'm more concerned with their launch and abort systems than the capsule and their present quality control issues. http://www.americaspace.com/?p=2407 The abort systems that have been needed twice and have saved Soyuz crews twice you mean? The abort systems which have worked PERFECTLY both times they were needed? I tend not to waste my time worrying about things which are PROVEN to work.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Hammerclaw on 15 May, 2015, 14:30
The abort systems that have been needed twice and have saved Soyuz crews twice you mean? The abort systems which have worked PERFECTLY both times they were needed? I tend not to waste my time worrying about things which are PROVEN to work. Their abort system is jettisoned after launch and it has failed at least once that we know of. The new Dragon abort system works all the way to orbit. http://www.space.com/29329-spacex-tests-dragon-launch-abort-system.html
Comment icon #17 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 15 May, 2015, 15:04
We don't really know the safety record of the Dragon spacecraft, because of the minor fact that it hasn't flown yet ! So it is not really fair to compare the known safety record of Soyuz with a system that haven't even flown yet. Is the Soyuz perfect ? Certainly not. No rocket launched system will ever be perfectly safe. A rocket is basically a (barely) controlled explosion. As astronaut John Glenn put it: “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: "When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?" Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by fred_mc on 16 May, 2015, 8:32
A pity that she won't go I think. She's quite popular among older people, my almost 80-year mother likes her for example (and actually I like her too, she has sung many beautiful songs). It could get up interest for space exploration among older people if she went.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 May, 2015, 10:05
A pity that she won't go I think. From reading around my understanding is that she has postponed, rather than cancelled, the trip. At the moment opportunities for paying, "spaceflight participants," (as the Russians call them) are rare. That should change however once the US starts flying astronauts on it's on craft again. That should happen around 2017 and will free up seats on the Russian Soyuz craft. That should happen around 2017-18, so we may see her fly sometime after that... if she still wants to, and is able to pass the tests of course.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 May, 2015, 10:33
Their abort system is jettisoned after launch and it has failed at least once that we know of. When has the Soyuz abort System ever failed? The only time the escape rocket was needed, during the Soyuz T-10-1 launch pad explosion, it operated perfectly (albeit with a little delay as it need to be manually fired). As for being jettisoned before reaching orbit, so what? Two of the three new US spacecraft, the CST-100 and the Orion will both do the same. Don't buy too much into Elon Musk's spiel, he is a salesman above all else. Escape rockets are ejected before reaching orbit because they are no ... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Hammerclaw on 16 May, 2015, 12:22
When has the Soyuz abort System ever failed? The only time the escape rocket was needed, during the Soyuz T-10-1 launch pad explosion, it operated perfectly (albeit with a little delay as it need to be manually fired). As for being jettisoned before reaching orbit, so what? Two of the three new US spacecraft, the CST-100 and the Orion will both do the same. Don't buy too much into Elon Musk's spiel, he is a salesman above all else. Escape rockets are ejected before reaching orbit because they are no longer required for an abort at that altitude. An abort can take place using other methods... w... [More]


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