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Sarah Brightman Announces She's Going to Space

Sarah Brightman Moscow Press Conference - P 2012
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The soprano has been approved for a trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian spaceship.

Sarah Brightman plans to sing among the stars.

The classical soprano announced that she has bought a ticket aboard a Russian spaceship, planning to make the 250-mile journey above Earth to the International Space Station.

“I am more excited about this than I have been about anything I have done to date," Brightman said at a press event in Moscow.

"This is beyond my wildest dreams,” she added.

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Brightman, 52, known for originating the role of Christine Daaé in Phantom of the Opera, will be the first civilian to make the trip to space since Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s journey in 2009.

She’ll be part of a three-person crew, who will take off for space on a date yet to be determined by The Russian Federal Space Agency and other international space station (ISS) partners. Her departure date, which could be anytime between 2014 and 2015, will be announced in the next few months.

The package that Brightman bought from U.S. firm Space Adventures, which includes 12 days in orbit, is the ninth trip that’s been purchased so far. She did not reveal how much she paid for the package, but it’s probably in the tens of millions of dollars.

Brightman, who is releasing her new album, Dreamchaser in January 2013, will first embark on a world tour before her out-of-this-world tour with more than 100 concert dates, kicking off in North America on January 29, 2013. She’ll then spend six months on mission training after her tour wraps up.