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.

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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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Space Adventures Exploring Deal With SpaceX

Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson discussed the future of space tourism as the company’s latest client, Guy Laliberte, arrived at the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz transport:

Anderson pointed out that it was not yet certain whether the shuttle fleet would actually be retired next year. And as a backup plan, Space Adventures is looking into alternate means of reaching the space station — for example, via the rocket delivery system currently being developed by California-based SpaceX.

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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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Billionaut Laliberte, Crewmates Now In Orbit

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A Soyuz rocket carrying Canadian space tourist Guy Laliberte, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Suraev and American astronaut Jeffrey Williams lifted off at 1:14 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The crew is now in orbit aboard a Soyuz spacecraft headed for a Friday rendezvous with the International Space Station.

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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Billionaut Guy Laliberte Vows: I’ll Tickle Astronauts While They Sleep

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The Associated Press reports a bit more on billionaut Guy Laliberte’s plans for his space tourism flight later this month:

The man who plans on being “the first clown in space” said Thursday he’s got some surprises planned for the crew of the international space station.

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte told reporters he plans to tickle the professional astronauts while they’re sleeping, and he’s also bringing red clown noses to try to lighten things up on the orbiting station.

“I’m a person with a pretty high spirit, who’s there to crack jokes and make jokes to those guys, and while they’re sleeping, you know, I’ll be tickling them,” Laliberte said.

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Full Details on Guy Laliberte’s Space Tourism Flight

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SPACE ADVENTURES PRESS RELEASE

Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and the ONE DROP Foundation, unveiled the artistic concept behind his poetic social mission, which will be carried out from the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first ever artistic and social event to originate from space.

Under the theme “Moving Stars and Earth for Water,” the poetic social mission will take place on October 9, 2009 (GMT) in 14 cities simultaneously around the world. For 120 minutes, the earth will gaze up at the stars and resonate to the rhythms of artists and world-renowned figures who will demonstrate their commitment to water and pay tribute to this vitally important natural resource.

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