Blast off!

Founder of Cirque du Soleil enters space

On Wednesday morning, Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian space tourist. Laliberté paid $35 million (USD) for a seat on the two-day journey to the International Space Station, accompanying cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and astronaut Jeffrey Williams aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule. Before blasting off, Laliberté announced his plans to spread the circus spirit on the space station by handing out clown noses to the astronauts on board. But it won’t be all fun and games for the Cirque du Soleil founder. On October 9, Laliberté will host the first-ever multimedia event from the space station—a two-hour show, “Moving Stars and Earth for Water,” featuring former U.S vice-president Al Gore and the musical group U2 which will draw attention to worldwide drinking-water problems. Laliberté will return to earth on October 11.

CBC News

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