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October 10th, 2012
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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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