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Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-22-2012 05:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NBC News and various news services are reporting that British singer Sarah Brightman may be the next paying passenger to ride a Russian Soyuz to the International Space Station.
If the trip happens, Brightman, 52, would make the journey in 2015, the Interfax news agency reported, citing an unidentified official in the Russian space industry. A source familiar with Brightman's side of the negotiations confirmed to NBC News that talks were under way, but stressed that they were at an early stage.

Assuming the negotiations are successful, Brightman would be the first paying orbital space passenger since Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, who donned a red clown's nose for his 2009 trip to the space station.

...Brightman — who rose to fame starring in the original London and New York casts of "The Phantom of the Opera" — visited Russia about a month ago and received the approval of a medical commission to begin training at the Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow, the source added.

She was married to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 1980s and pursued a chart-topping solo career after their divorce, bringing classical music to a broader audience and selling millions of records along the way. Estimates of her net worth have ranged from $45 million to $52 million and beyond.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-26-2012 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Adventures will host a press conference with recording artist Sarah Brightman on Oct. 10 in Moscow. The event is only described as:
Sarah Brightman will be in Moscow to make a 'groundbreaking' announcement.
The event, which will be hosted by Mikhail Gendelev, the emcee of "Morning in the Big Country" on the Petersburg Channel 5, will also have the participation of Eric Anderson, the chairman of Space Adventures.

The media advisory included the following description of Brightman:

International singing superstar Sarah Brightman is the world's biggest selling Soprano. She pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3 octaves. Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped the Billboard dance and classical music charts.

Sarah’s work transcends any specific musical genre, synthesizing many influences and inspirations into a unique sound and vision. She remains among the world’s most prominent performers, with global sales of 30 million units having received more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries.

Brightman was also the first artist to have been invited to perform at the Olympic Games on two occasions. The first was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and then 16 years later in Beijing.

Brightman recently accepted the UNESCO nomination to be an “Artist For Peace” Ambassador in 2012 for her “commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes". She has appeared in several films, including Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008), directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and Stephen Evans' First Night (2011). She is currently working on her highly anticipated new album to be released late 2012, with a world tour soon to be announced.

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-05-2012 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know, I know, wait 'til the official announcement, although the media has all but confirmed it. If it is true, the $64,000 question (or is it the $51 million question?) is: Who will be her backup?

manilajim
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posted 10-05-2012 02:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for manilajim   Click Here to Email manilajim     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
...or understudy...

MrSpace86
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posted 10-07-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MrSpace86   Click Here to Email MrSpace86     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What scientific research will she be doing? Or is that no longer a requirement as long as you can outbid other agencies for a seat?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-07-2012 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No one was outbid (the media reports suggesting such were wrong); if Sarah Brightman (or anyone else) flies, she will be occupying a previously unavailable seat created by the science-based decision to pursue a one-year mission.

And there never was a science requirement for spaceflight participants, but generally ESA, JAXA and even NASA take advantage of the extra person onboard and recruit them for studies.

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