Singer Sarah Brightman Will be Next Space Tourist

by Nancy Atkinson on October 10, 2012

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Singer Sarah Brightman at a press conference on October 10 to announce her upcoming space flight.

Roscosmos and Space Adventures are re- starting space tourism flights, and the next space tourist will be singer Sarah Brightman, who will head to the International Space Station on a Soyuz rocket. Brightman, 52, announced her trip at a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday, saying that she hopes her trip — which will likely take place in 2015 — will be a catalyst for the hopes and dreams of people around the world.

“I don’t think of myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser,” said Sarah Brightman. “I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on Earth and from space. I am determined that this journey can reach out to be a force for good, a catalyst for some of the dreams and aims of others that resonate with me.”

Brightman is a UNESCO Artist for Peace Ambassador, and is a classical soprano who also has topped the music charts with her pop music.

Coincidently, her new album is titled “Dream Chaser,” and she soon starts a world-wide tour to promote her new album. A trip to space would be the ultimate promotion tour. See a video below of her latest single, “Angel,” which includes footage from early space flight and recent views from the ISS. Brightman said space exploration has inspired her all her life.

Russia halted orbital space tourism in 2009 due to the increase in the International Space Station crew size, using the seats for expedition crews that would normally be sold to paying spaceflight participants.

Along with Brightman at the press conferece were Alexey Krasnov, Head of Roscosmos’ Piloted Programs Department and Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures, a space tourism company that has arranged all previous tourist flights to the Space Station.

The schedule for her flight “will be determined very shortly by Roscosmos and the ISS partners,” Brightman said, adding she had been approved medically and will do six months training in Russia.

“This past July, Ms. Brightman completed and passed all of the required medical and physical evaluations,” said Krasnov. “ She’s fit and mentally prepared for our spaceflight training program. We will work closely with Space Adventures in supporting Ms. Brightman’s spaceflight candidacy.”

During her estimated 10-day stay on board the space station, Brightman said she will advocate for UNESCO’s mandate to promote peace and sustainable development to safeguard our planet’s future. She will also try to advance education and empower the role of girls and women in science and technology in an effort to help close the gender gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. The plans for achieving those goals are still in development.

“I have deep admiration for Sarah, not only for her well deserved title of being the world’s best-selling soprano, but for the young girl who was inspired by Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong to reach for her own star,” said Anderson. “We look forward to working with her to make her dream a reality.”

Previous ISS space tourists are Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Laliberté. Cumulatively, space tourists have spent almost three months in space.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

IVAN3MAN_AT_LARGE October 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Am I the only one who thinks that she should sent off into deep space – indefinitely?

Cochuyt Joeri October 10, 2012 at 11:51 PM

no you are not

balbaro51 October 11, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Agree also

gino cochuyt October 11, 2012 at 9:19 AM

+1

StockportJambo October 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Nope. In fact, I was just about to ask the question “Is she going to be allowed back?”

bugzzz October 11, 2012 at 10:21 PM

i too agree, but hey, whatever.

Robert Miller October 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

She just gave Me one more reason to love her even more! Marry me Sarah!

StockportJambo October 11, 2012 at 4:18 PM

She was married to Andrew Lloyd Webber. Looks clearly aren’t an issue for her. ;)

John Clinton October 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM

‘Gramma when I grow up I wanna a singer and an astronaught. Will you buy that for me?’

paul w October 11, 2012 at 1:10 AM

Celebs in Space? We are doomed.

zkank October 11, 2012 at 5:43 AM

Really?
I see it as “the future is now”.

It was always predicted that the first passengers into space would be the people with money, and she’s not the first.

The more tickets they sell, the sooner tickets become affordable for the rest of us.
Ten years ago a 42 inch plasma TV cost ~$15,000.00. Today it’s less than $500.00.

Aside from that, when a celebrity goes into space, it draws attention.
If there’s a lot of interest and public support, governments won’t be so quick to cut funding.

Jeffrey Scott Boerst October 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

…AND more public interest is then garnered towards space in general! Win/win/win/win!

Jeffrey Scott Boerst October 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Maybe if Nicki Minaj goes they’ll “accidentally” lose her….

delphinus100 October 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

And why not? Space can and ultimately should be for everyone. But if you’re a ‘celeb,’ you’re more likely to have the money to be an early adopter…It was always a matter of time.

At least Brightman is a relatively dignified entertainer, that can bring good press…

Dampe October 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I think i’ll stick to Virgin Galactic. I’d rather keep my (imaginary) $50 million dollars and only spend $200K of my (imaginary) savings.

Dampe October 11, 2012 at 1:12 AM

I think i’ll stick to Virgin Galactic. I’d rather keep my (imaginary) $50 million dollars and only spend $200K of my (imaginary) savings.

delphinus100 October 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM

But of course that’s suborbital. And that’s perfectly okay, if that’s all you want and/or can afford. As with anything else, expect to pay more money for a bigger experience.

SJStar October 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Sarah who?

Jeffrey Scott Boerst October 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Wow! She’s 52!? I almost thought it was supposed to read, “25″ until I wiki’d her.

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