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British singer to fly Russian spacecraft to ISS for $52 mln

June 11, 2014, 7:36 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
British famed soprano singer Sarah Brightman plans to spend 10 days as a space tourist
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WASHINGTON, June 11, 7:12 /ITAR-TASS/. British famed soprano singer Sarah Brightman will pay $52 million for the next year’s flight on board of the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), where she plans to spend 10 days as a space tourist, the president of the trip’s organizing company said.

Tom Shelley, the president of US-based Space Adventures Ltd. company, said at a National Space Club Florida Committee meeting that Brightman, 53, plans to make the trip to the ISS in September of 2015 and this fall she intends to start the pre-flight trainings at the space training center outside Moscow.

"She is absolutely 100% committed. She's putting together her mission plan now,” Shelley said adding that Brightman wants to be the first professional singer ever to sing in space.

Brightman, who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Phantom of the Opera” and is the world’s best-selling soprano singer with over 30 million of CDs sold, first announced her intentions to travel to the ISS as a space tourist in August 2012.

Last year the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced that it reached a relevant agreement with Space Adventures to proceed with the superstar’s plans of traveling into space.

If the British singer reaches the ISS next year, she will become the eighth space tourist in the world.

The pioneer space tourist is US entrepreneur Dennis Tito, who made the flight to the ISS in 2001 for $20 million and spent eight days at the station. The most recent space tourist at the station is Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte, who spent 11 days at the ISS in 2009 for $40 million.

The only female space tourist so far reaching the ISS is Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems. Her 12-day stay at the space station in 2006 cost her $20 million.

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