Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Laliberté Joins In Decades-Old Russian Space Rituals

Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte laughs after a news conference at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. He is wearing a T-shirt showing his face superimposed on a character from a Soviet-era movie traditionally watched by astronauts on the eve of the space missions. (Associated Press/Mikhail Metzel)

From The CBC:

The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket Wednesday that will carry Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and two other crew members to the International Space Station will be marked by rituals dating back to the pioneering Soviet space missions of the 1960s.

The activities of the astronauts in the days leading up to the launch from Baikonur, located in the bleak Central Asian steppes, are carefully choreographed, with crews repeating many of the mundane activities of their predecessors.

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