Guy Laliberte, the Canadian founder of Cirque du Soleil, speaks about his upcoming space mission during a press conference in Moscow on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
Canada's first space tourist said he's playing catch-up on his astronaut training but is working hard to prepare for a September launch.
Guy Laliberte told a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston Thursday that the experience has been amazing thus far.
The founder of the Cirque du soleil is scheduled to blast off Sept. 30 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian cosmonaut and an American astronaut.
Laliberte, 49, is spending around US$35 million to visit the International Space Station.
He will spend 12 days at the space station and will hook up with Canadian astronaut Bob Thirsk who is there on a six-month mission.
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My Comment: I am green with envy. To spend 12 days in space .... that is an adventure.