Global recording artist and UNESCO Artist for
Peace Ambassador, Sarah Brightman, has unveiled plans to be on a
future orbital spaceflight mission to the International Space
Station (ISS) in partnership with Space Adventures.
Brightman will be part of a three-person
crew travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz rocket. Once on the
ISS, she will orbit the earth 16 times daily and intends to become
the first professional musician to sing from space.
scheduling of her trip to the space station will be determined by Roscosmos and the ISS partners in the coming months.
In conjunction with her role as a UNESCO Artist
for Peace ambassador, Brightman sees life on board the space
station –which requires the mindful, shared consumption of
resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability – as
a model for how we might better inhabit our planet.
estimated 10-day tenure on board the space station, Brightman will
advocate for UNESCO’s mandate to promote peace and sustainable
development to safeguard our planet’s future.
journey will allow Brightman to advance education and empower the
role of girls and women in science and technology in an effort to
help close the gender gap in the STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) fields.
"I don't think of
myself as a dreamer. Rather, I am a dream chaser," said Sarah
Brightman. "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. I am determined
that this journey can reach out to be a force for good, a catalyst
for some of the dreams and aims of others that resonate with me."
Over the coming months, Brightman will explore and further
develop plans with UNESCO to combine their activities and her
space journey. Upon her return to earth, she will continue to work
with UNESCO in an effort to plan multiple, epic 'Space to Place'
concerts at UNESCO World Heritage Sites, biosphere reserves, and geoparks.
Together, the over-arching aim will be to organize
events including concerts and multi-media, to involve as many
people as possible and to engage a generation of 'dreamchasers'
from all walks of life to help create a more sustainable future
for our planet.
Within the coming months, Brightman will be
releasing a new record entitled "Dreamchaser" in January 2013 - a
collection of songs that has been influenced by the feelings and
challenges of her space adventure.
Additionally, in 2013, she will undertake
a global tour performing around the
world, beginning in Canada at the end of January and visiting all
five continents over the following months.
Following that, Brightman will embark upon six months of training in Russia ahead
of her flight to the ISS.
"We are very enthusiastic to
announce Sarah Brightman's desire to launch to space. I have deep
admiration for Sarah, not only for her well deserved title of
being the world's best-selling soprano, but for the young girl who
was inspired by Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong to reach for her
own star. We look forward to working with her to make her dream a
reality," said Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.
Alexey Krasnov, Head of Piloted Programs
Department, added, "This past July, Ms. Brightman completed and passed all of the required
medical and physical evaluations; she's fit and mentally prepared
for our spaceflight training program. We will work closely with
Space Adventures in supporting Ms. Brightman's spaceflight
International singing superstar Sarah Brightman is the world's
biggest selling Soprano.
She pioneered the classical crossover
music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over 3
Sarah is the only artist to have simultaneously topped
the Billboard dance and classical music charts, and remains among
the world's most prominent performers, with global sales of 30
million units having received more than 180 gold and platinum
awards in over 40 countries.
Brightman was also the first artist
to have been invited to perform at the Olympic Games on two
occasions. The first was at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games and
then 16 years later in Beijing.
Brightman recently accepted
the UNESCO nomination to be an "Artist For Peace" Ambassador in
2012 for her "commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes".
On 26 September 2012, Sarah released the first track "Angel" from her highly anticipated new album, "Dreamchaser" to be released on
22 January 2013.
Brightman will also begin her "Dreamchaser"
World Tour, which will touch upon five continents and include over
100 concert dates, kicking off in North America on 29 January
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