Sarah Brightman Will Become First Musician in Space

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Sarah Brightman’s voice isn’t the only thing that is out of this world.

The singer announced yesterday (October 10) from Moscow that she will be visiting the International Space Station. The historic voyage will make her the first musician to ever travel into outer space.

At the press conference, Brightman said when she saw the footage of the late Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon something changed in her.

“Something flipped,” she said. “I was quiet and reticent as a child, suddenly my mind opens, ‘I want to do something very, very special. I want to go there, where they are.’”

Brightman will join the crew of Soyuz rocket with assistance from Space Adventures, Ltd. in Russia and spend ten days in orbit.

First though, she will release her new record, Dreamchaser, in January 2013, which she said was influenced and inspired by the feeling of realizing her space dream. She will then embark on a year-long world tour before enduring six months of pre-orbit training process.

Brightman is an United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Artist for Peace ambassador and has worked with Virgin Galactic’s Galactic Unite STEM Scholarship program to encourage woman to pursue science and technology. But says she will always be a singer first and hopes she will get a chance to perform in space.

“I don’t think of myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser,” Brightman said in a statement. “I hope that I can encourage others to take inspiration from my journey both to chase down their own dreams and to help fulfill the important UNESCO mandate to promote peace and sustainable development on earth and from space.”

The Phantom of the Opera star isn’t the first singer to talk about her passion for space travel. Lance Bass from NSync trained to go into space, but had his flight grounded in 2003 after he could not afford the $20 million dollar ticket for the adventure.

What do you think of Brightman’s announcement?

- Shannon Carlin, CBS Local

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