Cirque du soleil founder Guy Laliberté is set to become Canada’s first space tourist. On Thursday morning, Laliberté announced his plans to travel to travel to space in September aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The 49-year-old said he would use his trip to raise awareness about the need for clean water worldwide. Two years ago, Laliberté founded the One Drop Foundation to help made clean water accessible around the world. Blasting off, he said, was a childhood dream; “When man walked on the moon for the first time, I realized the book, The Little Prince, could become a reality.” The Quebec billionaire is scheduled to spend 12 days on the International Space Station.
Cirque du soleil founder makes space mission official
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