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Phantom of the Opera star Brightman plans to sing from space station

January 19, 2015, 18:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The singer said she was happy to start preparations for the flight and would make every effort to make her stay in orbit memorable
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Sarah Brightman

Sarah Brightman

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MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. British singer Sarah Brightman who is set to blast off for a ten-day space journey in September intends to sing from the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) said on Monday.

Brightman "announced her plans to sing on board the station to an accompaniment of an orhcestra from Earth" when she met with the heads of the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center earlier on Monday, the agency's press service said.

The singer said she was happy to start preparations for the flight and would make every effort to make her stay in orbit memorable, the press service added.

Brightman, 54, will learn Russian and undergo physical and survival training.

Brightman's flight is scheduled for September 1-11, 2015. She will be accompanied by Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen.

If the singer reaches the ISS in September as it had been planned, 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.

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