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British singer Sarah Brightman to be next space tourist

  • British singer Sarah Brightman has announced she has bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship.

    Brightman, 52, described it as a chance to live out a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams".

    The singer plans to fly some 250 miles above Earth to the International Space Station to become the first space tourist since Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s 2009 trip.

    The announcement was made at a press conference in Moscow and kicked off with a music video advertising Brightman's new album Dream Chaser, due to be released in January.

    The singer did not reveal the price tag for the trip, the ninth so far for U.S. firm Space Adventures.

    It is expected to cost in excess of $35 million. Russia charges NASA astronauts some $50 million per seat.