Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cirque Du Soleil Boss Guy Laliberté Heads Into Space

A Russian Soyuz TMA-16 rocket is transported by train to its launch pad at Kazakhstan's Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on September 28, 2009. The crew of Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, US astronaut Jeff Williams and Quebec space tourist and founder of Cirque du Soleil Guy Laliberte will travel from Baikonur in the Russian rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) on September 30. Photograph by: ALEXANDER NEMENOV, AFP/Getty Images

From The Montreal Gazette:

Guy Laliberté should bring a whole different kind of star quality to Earth orbit early tomorrow when he blasts off aboard a Russian rocket and becomes the first space tourist from Canada and, notably, Quebec.

The 50-year-old billionaire founder of the Cirque du Soleil is set to launch his self-styled poetic social mission on a Soyuz TMA-16 rocket at 3:14 a.m. Montreal time from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Breaking with tradition set by the previous six space tourists, Laliberté won’t conduct scientific experiments on the 12-day mission.

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My Comment: Bon Voyage Guy.

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