Sarah Brightman to go on Space Mission

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Sarah Brightman will do what no singer has done before — head into outer space!

Brightman is most known for her Broadway career starring in The Phantom of the Opera, after which she has had a very successful solo career. Now Brightman is joining a mission to the International Space Station.

Brightman will join a crew of Soyuz rocket with the assistance from Space Adventures, Ltd., she’ll likely spend about 10 days in orbit, where she hopes to perform in space.

She made the announcement on Wednesday in Moscow, Russia. The singer is releasing a new album, Dreamchaser, in January 2013 followed by a world tour, and then will being a six-month pre orbit training process.

Brightman is a UNESCO Artist for Peace Ambassador, so this trip to space comes alongside her work with Virgin Galactic’s Galactic Unite STEM Scholarship Program, which encourages women to pursue science and technology.

Brightman said in a statement:

“I don’t think of myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser. I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on earth and from space.”

Written by Michelle Wincott