British singer Sarah Brightman, also known as the world’s richest female classical performer, might be taking a trip into space sometime in the very near future. According to Reuters, Brightman is rumored to be the next tourist to buy a ticket on a Russian spacecraft bound for the stratosphere. Her destination: The International Space Station.
If all goes according to plan, Brightman will embark on her adventure sometime in 2015. An unidentified official within the Russian space industry recently leaked the information to the aforementioined news organization, stating that the singer has already been cleared for the experience by the Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow. Not surprisingly, nothing has been officially confirmed as of this writing.
Presently, seven individuals have been shuttled into space courtesy of an expensive Russian rocket. According to various reports, each person had to pony up $20 million for the flight. However, if you’ve got the money to spare and are exceptionally curious about what it’s like to float around in space, it’s a deal you probably shouldn’t pass up.
Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte famously took a trip to the International Space Station in 2009. During his excursion, Laliberte allegedly wore a bright red nose. Dennis Tito, an American investment attorney, made the first trip in 2001.
Reuters explains that seats aboard Russian spacecraft have been few and far since NASA stopped sending astronauts into space last year. Since Russia’s vessels are the only ones currently capable of transporting passengers to the space station, trying to snag a seat has become increasingly difficult. This may explain why Brightman will have to wait until 2015 for her turn.
Sarah Brightman’s representatives have yet to comment on the rumors. Space Adventures, the US-based company that has previously helped extremely wealthy individuals take a trip to the stars, has remained silent on the Brightman front as well.