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Singer Sarah Brightman plans 2015 flight to space station

Published on Jun 11, 2014 6:05 AM
 
British singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to begin training this year for a 2015 flight to the International Space Station where she hopes to become the first professional musician to sing from space, the company arranging the trip said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL MUSIC SINGAPORE

CAPE CANAVERAL (REUTERS) - British singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to begin training this year for a 2015 flight to the International Space Station where she hopes to become the first professional musician to sing from space, the company arranging the trip said on Tuesday.

Brightman, a famed soprano who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, will pay about US$52 million (S$65 million) for a 10-day stay aboard the orbital outpost, Tom Shelley, president of privately owned Space Adventures, said.

"She's absolutely 100 per cent committed," Shelley said during a National Space Club Florida Committee meeting. "She's putting together her mission plan now." Brightman, who would become the eighth privately funded space tourist, is slated to fly in September 2015. Her training to fly on a Russian Soyuz capsule is scheduled to begin as early as this fall, Shelley said.

He said she planned to be the first professional musician to sing from space.

 
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