Friday, August 28, 2009

The Next Space Tourist Is A Montrealer

Mission: Fun Guy Laliberté, at a training session outside Moscow, says he hopes to bring lots of levity to his liftoff. Photograph by: DMITRY KOSTYUKOV, GETTY IMAGES, AFP

Laliberté Flying Without A Nyet -- Montreal Gazette

Weak in Russian; Space tourism is not rocket science, Cirque founder says.

When Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté flies as the latest tourist to the International Space Station next month, he promises to bring a comic touch to the mission.

Already his screen saver pictures his mission colleagues - U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams and Russian cosmonaut Maksim Surayev - in spacesuits and red clown noses, and he says he will bring six more clown snouts to those now in orbit.

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