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Mission confirmed: British singer Brightman to blast off to space

Published time: December 05, 2012 15:57
Edited time: December 06, 2012 11:58
English singer Sarah Brightman (AFP Photo/Mark Ralston)

English singer Sarah Brightman (AFP Photo/Mark Ralston)

The Space Adventures agency has confirmed that Phantom of the Opera star Sarah Brightman has signed an agreement with the Russian Space Agency and secured herself a space trip in 2015.

Brightman will become the next space tourist to the ISS following Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte who traveled into space in 2009.

“All legal matters have been settled,” the Space Adventures agency said in a statement.

Last month the singer told Russian Trud newspaper she will also have to learn some Russian before her space trip to be able to communicate with the crew.

Two months ago the singer was cleared to fly by the medical commission and began her training at Russia’s Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow.

“I wish some alien would kidnap me,” the singer who was once married to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and starred in the original "The Phantom of the Opera" productions said in October.

The Russian Space Agency did not disclose any details of the contract with Brightman, who will join professional cosmonauts on a Russian Soyuz mission to the international space station in three years time.