World’s First Space Clown Reaps Public Relations Bonanza

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Space clown drew more news coverage than Afghan mission
CBC News

Canada’s first space clown can brag that his recent trip to the cosmos generated at least 23 times more international news coverage this year than the country’s mission in Afghanistan.

The figure comes from a media research group hired by Guy Laliberté, the Cirque du Soleil founder who recently became Canada’s first space tourist.

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Queen Liz Says: Laliberte Got Rooked

"We are not amused."
"We are not amused."

The extremely wealthy Queen of England thinks that orbital space travel is a too pricey these days:

The Queen told former prime minister Jean Chretien she found the price tag for billionaire clown Guy Laliberte’s recent extra-terrestrial adventure to be excessive.

“She said she would not have done it and she found the price a bit expensive,” Chretien said Tuesday, shortly after being awarded the Order of Merit by the Queen during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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Laliberte to Receive Dennis Tito Award

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PRESS RELEASE

“Who would not be thrilled at the news that the founder of Cirque du Soleil would be honored by an award you were involved in creating?” commented Eileen Borgeson. Artist Eileen Borgeson and holographer Jeff Allen collaborated to design the Dennis Tito Award for the heroic space tourists who train as astronauts and then return from a visit to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Laliberte Eager to Assess Impact of Global Show

Surrounded by medical personnel, seated from left to right are spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt.They had landed minutes before at 12:32 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz capsule near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.
Surrounded by medical personnel, seated from left to right are spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt.They had landed minutes before at 12:32 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz capsule near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.

Guy Laliberte will assess global impact of his two-hour space extravaganza
The Canadian Press

Back from his trip in space, Circus magnate Guy Laliberte said Sunday he’ll soon be ready to follow up on the outcome of the two-hour extravaganza of poetry, science and dance that he orchestrated from orbit.

“As you know, I was on a personal mission which was to create an event to talk about the situation of water in the world,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NASA TV.

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NASA to Rebroadcast Guy Laliberte’s Poetic Social Mission

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

NASA Television will rebroadcast the Oct. 9 global event International Space Station resident Guy Laliberte designed to raise awareness about the need for clean water. Laliberte, who founded Cirque du Soleil, hosts the event from aboard the station.

The re-broadcasts of “Moving Stars and Earth for Water” will occurr on Oct. 11 and 12. The schedule is:

Sunday, October 11 – 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT
Monday, October 12 – 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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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.

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Critics: Laliberte’s Flight Good for Guy, Bad for Science

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

CTV reports that not everyone is thrilled with Guy Laliberte’s joyride/social space mission to ISS:

UQAM research chair Yves Gingras studies the history of and sociology of science. He has long criticized the ISS for its lack of research.

“The only thing they say they’re doing is studying the behaviours of man in absence of weight, so of man in space, but man has not evolved to live in space so it’s not worthwhile,” said Gingras.

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Let the Tickling Begin: Laliberte Arrives at Space Station

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Image above: Billionaut Guy Laliberte (front row, far right) and the Expedition 20 and 21 crews gathered in the Zvezda service module for a conference with family members and representatives on the ground. Credit: NASA TV

NASA MISSION UPDATE

Flight Engineers Jeff Williams and Maxim Suraev along with spaceflight participant Guy Laliberté have arrived at the International Space Station. They docked their Soyuz TMA-16 to the aft end of the Zvezda service module at 4:35 a.m. EDT Friday. They launched Wednesday at 3:14 a.m. from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
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U2, Gore, Hayek and McConaughey to Headline Laliberte’s Global Water Event

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESS RELEASE

Guy Laliberte announces confirmed participation of additional world-renowned celebrities and musicians in his Poetic Social Mission, as he prepares for the Expedition 21 launch. A 120-minute global event featuring musical performances by major international artists and the reading of a poetic tale by well-known celebrities, the Poetic Social Mission seeks to raise awareness through artistic illustration of the humanitarian struggles and solutions associated with water.

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Is Laliberte the Last ISS Space Tourist for Years?

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Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberte could be the last space tourist for many years unless the United States decides to extend shuttle missions beyond next year, the Associated Press reports:

Guy Laliberte, 50, spent about $35 million to reserve his spot on the Soyuz. He will spend 12 days aboard the orbiting outpost, and is expected to be the last space tourist to board the station for at least a few years due to the upcoming retirement of NASA’s shuttle fleet.

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Yuri Hearts Guy

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YURI’S NIGHT PRESS RELEASE

Yuri’s Night wishes to officially express its strongest support for the upcoming Poetic Social Mission Event: Moving Stars and Earth for Water. This performance by the next private space explorer, Guy Laliberte, is scheduled to be broadcast live around the world Friday October 9th, 8:00 PM ET (12 AM GMT) during his stay on the International Space Station.

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