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October 10th, 2012
12:49 PM ET

EXCLUSIVE: Singer, traveler? Sarah Brightman turns childhood dream of space travel into reality

In an exclusive interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” bestselling soprano and humanitarian Sarah Brightman discusses her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture into space.

The world famous soprano, who has thrilled audiences on stage in “Phantom of The Opera," is teaming with Space Adventures and the Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA) in Moscow to prepare for a 10-day trip on board the SOYUZ Rocket to the International Space Station.

In order to participate, Brightman was required to travel to Star City in Moscow to undergo intense tests.

“I had to go into a centrifuge...just to sort of keep your self conscious, I had to do math while I was up there. It was an amazing feeling but quite frightening,” Brightman says.

Brightman adds that despite all the spinning chairs, prodding and poking during testing, she has always been fascinated with space and says her trip in 2015 will help turn a childhood dream into a reality.

Brightman, who has been named UNESCO Artist for Peace, is hoping to connect with students and children while she is at the international space station. The humanitarian is also hoping to sing to space and says there are currently plans for “something very extraordinary, around the world...a connection from space to place” to turn this possibility into a reality.

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  1. Nira

    Kudos to Sarah Brightman for pursuing her dream and connecting people (and fans) around the world. It's wonderful to see this be by a celebrity who will appreciate the experience and encourage future generations to follow their dreams.

    October 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Just another clueless celebrity

    Why do we have to have yet another trivial fluff story about idiotic mindless celebrities when we have real problems? Or has Obrien finally showed that she really doesn't know anything and when not to open her mouth? Soledad, keep it closed except when you're on your back, which is where you belong.

    October 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. BJ

    Ann Romney mentioned on ABC Good Morning America that she knew Mitt won the debate after the very first question…well, you can say I knew something was eschewed when Romney attacked PBS and Big Bird during the debate. I just couldn’t figure out why he would say such things. Presumably the Obama campaign couldn’t believe Romney would stoop to that level but I don’t think they were surprised. Mr. Obama’s advisors are strategist to the core and as Q (may he rest in peace) would say to my beloved James Bond, “Pay attention James.” Well, pay attention America and let the attacks begin!! As you see Mr. Romney can’t handle attacks as well as Mr. O. The assault on PBS, Big Bird, etc. was due to what Jason Biggs said about Ann Romney, et al. He’s a character on one of Nickelodeon’s programs. View The Blaze’s article posted on September 5, 2012 at 2:05pm by Erica Ritz:

    As a Bush Republican, four years ago I liked Romney and was sadden he didn’t get the Republican nomination, but today I see a different Romney – a vindictive bully ruthless to the core. Could he be bi-polar? He thus chose to use a public, political event to defend his wife’s honor which a man is certainly entitled to do but the debate wasn’t the appropriate venue. If you want to be President you got to be thick-skinned. I think it’s called – diplomacy. Question is..Will Romney go on the attack every time he (or a family member) is criticized? The world will taunt him and America mercifully. I’m quite sure I’m on Romney and Trump’s hit list. Am I’m shaking in my boots? Naw. They are such whining, little wimps – them and those Mama’s boys. Now Mr. Obama he can shoot me down rhetorically and that megawatt smile. I surrender. I say that because a few years back I was shot down rhetorically by my Minister. Ouch! Never ever try to take on a Minister. Mr. Obama and his late father remind me of Bond, James Bond. The Bushes come in second. Guess I like the Bond type.

    October 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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