Laliberte Hosts Global Event About Water From Orbit

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

Cirque du Soleil founder leads out of this world broadcast for water
Montreal Gazette

Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberte’s “Poetic Social Mission” into space was transmitted live to the world Friday night, with help from an international, star-studded cast preaching the value of one of our planet’s most precious resources — water.

The two-hour show, titled Moving Stars and Earth for Water, was broadcast on TV and the Internet via Laliberte’s charity foundation, Onedrop.org. It began with a word from Laliberte floating in zero gravity aboard the Russian spaceship Soyuz TMA-16 docked to the International Space Station in Earth orbit, and went on to feature appearances by U2, Shakira, Al Gore, David Suzuki, Peter Gabriel and others from 14 cities around the globe.

“Hello everyone, welcome to the International Space Station,” Laliberte began. “I am an artist, not a scientist.”

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