Cost of Laliberte’s Space Tourism Adventure Increases

Guy Laliberte (first row, far right) aboard the International Space Station.
Guy Laliberte (first row, far right) aboard the International Space Station.

Final bill for Cirque founder’s trip to space could rise another $10 million
The Canadian Press

The final tab for Guy Laliberte’s visit to the International Space Station could rise to nearly C$50 million (US$47.2 million) after this week’s elaborate international show linking the Cirque du Soleil founder with his terrestrial counterparts.

Cirque officials confirmed their boss would get hit with another bill after Friday’s spectacle, which will see 42 performers, 14 cities, and five continents linked to a video show hosted from the space station.

The billionaire circus impresario, who is Canada’s first space tourist, had a blunt reply when asked Tuesday whether his trip was worth the princely sum.

“It’s worth every penny and more,” he told a news conference broadcast live at the Canadian Space Agency in Longueuil, near Montreal.

Read the full story.