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Sarah Brightman Puts Brakes on $52 Million Space Station Trip

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 07:30 AM

Popular British singer Sarah Brightman has canceled her plans to travel to the International Space Station. The "space tourist" trip would have cost her $52 million, but she said she was backing out for "family reasons."

Brightman, who had been training for the trip at Russia's Star City since January, was expected to blast off in September, becoming the eighth paying "space tourist," according to The Guardian.

"Since 2012, Sarah has shared her story of a lifelong dream to fly to space," said Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd. "Her international fame as the world's best-selling soprano has enabled her message to circle the globe, inspiring others to pursue their own dreams.

"We've seen firsthand her dedication to every aspect of her spaceflight training and to date, has passed all of her training and medical tests. We applaud her determination and we’ll continue to support her as she pursues a future spaceflight opportunity," said Anderson.

Space Adventures told The Guardian it cost $52 million for the 10-day stay at the space station some 260 miles above Earth's surface, where Brightman would have shared space with other astronauts, including American Scott Kelly.

Brightman had posted numerous photos on Facebook connected with her space training leading up to the scheduled blast off, including practicing moving around in zero gravity.

Time magazine's Jeffrey Kluger wrote that while space travel is historic, it is also difficult and not that much fun once training starts.

"Brightman, in parlaying great wealth and existing fame to a chance to fly to the ISS, was attempting one of the most hair-raising space feats of all," Kluger wrote. "With the shuttle grounded, the only way to get to the space station is Russia's Soyuz spacecraft, a three-person pod so tiny that passengers fly in a semi-fetal position, lying on their backs with their knees drawn up to their chests."

Brightman, ex-wife of renowned composer and playwright Andrew Lloyd Webber, is best known for her "The Phantom of the Opera" performance, and has sung on Broadway and London, according to MTV.com.

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Popular British singer Sarah Brightman has canceled her plans to travel to the International Space Station. The "space tourist" trip would have cost her $52 million, but she said she was backing out for "family reasons."
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