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Soprano Sarah Brightman Training for Spaceflight

Soprano is going to space in October 2015
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2014 11:55 AM CDT
Soprano Sarah Brightman Training for Spaceflight
Sarah Brightman performs in concert at Honda Center on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif.   (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Space buff and soprano Sarah Brightman could soon be singing "All I Ask of You" while orbiting 260 miles above the Earth. The Phantom of the Opera star, 54, will begin training in January for a 10-day visit to the International Space Station in October of next year, reports the Daily Mirror. The price tag for this adventure? A cool $52 million, adds Space.com. Brightman will be the seventh tourist to visit the ISS and the first singer.

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The journey—arranged by Virginia-based Space Adventures—will launch from Kazakhstan on a Russian Soyuz capsule. But one trip isn't enough: Brightman is also booked aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, even though it's still in the test phase. "This voyage is a product of a dream, my dream. Finally it can be a reality. I am more excited about this than anything I have done in my life to date," Brightman says. (Read more space stories.)

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