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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Montreal Billionaire to be 1st Space Artist

Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte will be the next and seventh private space flight participant (space toruist) to ride a Soyuz capsule to the International Space Station launching September 30, 2009 in what he called a "poetic social mission" to raise awareness about water issues it was announced today at a press conference. More from MosNews and Russia Today video.

"My mission is dedicated to making a difference on this vital resource by using what I know best: artistry," Laliberte, 49, a a fire-eating street performer turned entrepreneur said. "This will be the first poetic social mission in space," [Video of Laliberte on his upcoming space adventure - French version].

The first artist in space was brokered by Virginia-based Space Adventures, Ltd. The space tourist sales agency plans dedicated Soyuz missions in 2012-2013 time frame enabling two space tourists per launch.


Anonymous said...

Wasn't Apollo 12/Skylab 3 astronaut Alan Bean the first space 'artist'?

JackKennedy said...

In my judgment, you are right but he was not a professional 'artist' at the time I suppose. :-)