Soprano Sarah Brightman has probably started packing up for her planned space trip, but the final decision about her mission as a space tourist has not been made yet, says the Head of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos.
“I’ve met with Sarah Brightman. She is expecting a flight, but Roscosmos has not taken the final decision yet,” Interfax agency quoted Vladimir Popovkin as saying.
The Roscosmos chief added they are currently busy testing young cosmonauts. Brightman might have to wait for another year for the decision to be finally made.
Some say the former wife of Andrew Lloyd Webber Brightman is unlikely to blast off on her planned mission.
There are several factors which could see her rejected as a space tourist. The singer has allegedly not signed a contract with the space agency. By 2015 Brightman will turn 55-years old, which means she would become one of the world’s twenty oldest astronauts, among whom only one is a woman, Barbara Morgan, who flew on the Space Shuttle in 2007.
“The singer has most probably made her announcement about the chance to take a trip to the International Space Station to promote the release of her album and to heat up curiosity about the world tour she is set to take next year,” a source told the agency.
The head of the Cosmonauts’ Training Center hasn’t ruled it out that the British diva could have announced plans to go on a trip to the International Space Station only to promote the release of her album.
“It’s not the first time a similar situation has occurred… Many years ago we had a chance to send a singer into space; we planned to sign a contract with the person who passed medical tests,” Sergey Krikalev was quoted as saying.