Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman at her concert "Dream Haser" on 14th December, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan, China.
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January 16, 2015 8:30 AM EST

Now we know why those Broadway lights just weren’t bright enough for Sarah Brightman — she wants to see the stars, up close and personal. The Phantom of the Opera soprano started training in Russia this week to make a 10-day trip to the International Space Station. Her stellar vacation cost her a cool $52 million.

Brightman will be the eighth tourist to travel to the ISS, and the first since NASA retired its shuttles in 2011, leaving Russia’s Soyuz as the sole transporter. If Brightman, who delayed her training due to a cold, is unable to make the trip at the end of her nine-month training period, Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu will take her place.

[Sky News]

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