Skip to comments.Singer Sarah Brightman Outbids NASA for Space Tourist's Seat ($51 Million Dollars)
Posted on 10/04/2012 3:03:49 PM PDT by drewh
What's a rich space tourist to do? If you want to fly in space, seats are harder to find than a flight out of Chicago's O'Hare airport during a blizzard. So your only option is to bump an astronaut from a seat on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft going to the International Space Station.
ABC News has learned that singer Sarah Brightman, of "Phantom of the Opera" fame, will be the next tourist in space, sometime in 2014 or 2015. To get her seat she had to pay the Russian space agency more than the $51 million NASA budgets on average to send its astronauts to the station.
To maintain its presence in orbit when Soyuz seats are limited, NASA had to agree to commit at least one of its astronauts to spend a year in space, instead of the six months they currently stay. Brightman's trip will be announced in Moscow on Oct. 10.
NASA says a year in space has great medical research benefits. Astronauts spending just six months on the space station in the past have suffered from radiation exposure, muscle mass loss, decreased bone density, and vision problems. The research from a year on the space station will help NASA plan for long flights to Mars or an asteroid. It does mean an astronaut will get booted from a flight to adjust for one less seat
For a singer like Sarah Brightman, who thrilled the world when she starred in "Phantom of the Opera," the inspiration should be out of this world.
Rumors flew earlier this week when author J.K. Rowling told an audience in England she had once been offered a seat on a space shuttle for a couple of million dollars. NASA quickly scotched that story.
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Obama and the DNC destroyed NASA.
NASA’s only role, under the UNDOCUMENTED MOSLEM TYRANT,
is to help Islam prepare for Jihad in space.
I’m glad to see a beautiful stage and opera singer and class-act like Sarah Brighton has as much dough to splash around as a tart like Madonna (sorry I had to mention her in the same sentence)
Have fun Sarah!
Some will do anything for publicity
Brightman turns out to be one dumb bitch.
That's not its role at all, let alone its only one. If you want to know what NASA does, you look at its budget, not listen to some stupid thing that Bolden told an Arab television network.
What a voice ! Love to listen to her.
Sarah and Andrea Bocelli, Con te partirò (Time to Say Goodbye)
They don’t breathe helium up there do they? :^)
Ruski will have competition, then.
I think she’s spending some of her ex’s (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s) money.
Obama killed the Space Shuttle and now we are at mercy of the Soviets.
“We can’t even launch a man into space and have to hitch rides from the Russians” would have been a great point for Romney to have bashed Zero with last night.
Time to say Goodbye (Millenium Concert) Sarah Brightman e Placido Domingo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Exzy_Tkc9g
The shuttle could operate with a crew of two (Mission Commander and Pilot), taking FIVE passengers up to the ISS at a time. It also, on at least one occasion, flew back with eight people (MC, Pilot and six others) on board.
Now NASA begs, bids and bargains for a single seat on a Russian capsule.
Think of the good she could do with that money right here in the U.S.
Cancer research, animals...
Like Bill Gates sending all that money to foreign countries.
Charity begins at home...and do we need it now!
A concert IN the stars...
IMO one of the most average of voices.
What...you mean she should spread the wealth at home instead of doing whatever she darn pleases with her money?
I should never have broken up with her......
Soyuz is a tight fit; since she's basically paying for the entire mission, she ought to get the capsule all to herself.
Sarah is my favorite, she has the voice of an angel.
My favorite Bellagio fountain show is to that song
Sarah and Andrea Bocelli, Con te partirò >>>> the best!!!
Of course that’s not what I said.
I said I consider it foolish to blow 50 mil on a space trip when she could donate it to the heart or cancer assoc.
or too help animals.
Same for Bill Gates- giving billions to foreign countries when he could do so much to help his own country.
Good God I love me some Sarah Brightman!
Yes, I know she’s a moonbat, but I do not care.
She is British...so I guess you could argue it would be better spent in the UK.
You just have to be kidding?
Ok, then better spent to help her own country.
I am a big supporter of the privatization of space and you need people like she in the beginning to help jump start this industry. Soon it will be tourists in the USA, using USA space firms in space.
Truth be told, the STS was killed not only by Obama but also by several earlier presidents who failed to think about its replacement - and by NASA that failed to propose one, even though they knew or should have known that the days of the Shuttle are numbered. Obama just happened to be the one who witnessed the last flight. Obama is guilty of many things, but this is not something he could have changed. The program simply ran out of spare parts and out of safe vehicles.
I blame the mentality of "après moi le déluge." In the modern USA the President is useless at best, and is often harmful (see Obamacare.) Every President is focused on one and only one task - to get reelected and to keep his party in power. These games are not conducive to the decades-long work of building the state up like Chinese do. Massive political resets every 2, 4 or 8 years break the back of every long term project that fails to serve two masters at the same time. This is one of undesirable side effects of democracy; every tin pot dictator is more consistent and more predictable than the US government.
Note that the Russians have no problem with the old space fleet because they don't have it. They fly single use vehicles, and they update and upgrade them for every flight. Today's Soyuz is very different from what they flew ten years ago. STS was much harder to modify; I believe there was only one upgrade of control systems and one - quite famous - upgrade of the thermal foam. All vehicles had to be repaired more than once, but no major changes were possible. The STS was designed as a monolith, and it was retired as a monolith. Today we know that it was not wise to deny ourselves a chance of upgrades; but STS was very useful, so in the end it was not a mistake. The only mistake was not planning for a replacement, even though the period of service of Shuttles was known from day one. The politicians just wanted to keep kicking the can down the road, until Obama ran out of the road.
It is very socialistic and almost communistic of you to say where other people should spend their money...you have no right to say this. Are you sure you are on the correct board? I think you would be more comfortable on one of the leftie boards.
You’re showing everyone your mental capabilities.
Other than killing astronauts, the Shuttle created work for the ISS, and the ISS created work for the Shuttle. After all, it was a government operation. People should be glad that the Shuttle is finally retired. Now if we could finally find a way to retire the ISS money pit.
You think it’s foolish, but people paying for space travel keeps interest up. Many are fascinated by space travel and obviously would pay dearly for something so incredible.
For the record, she is praised for her charitable activities, the most recent being The Brightman STEM Scholarship program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) launched with Virgin Galactic.
Why do they need to do more research when the solution is obvious? Send humans on shorter missions until spacecraft with better shielding and capable of rotating to create artificial gravity become economical. Until then machines should be used on the longer missions.
The real value of human space travel is inspiration. It contributes very little to science or anything else. The best way to use it for inspiration is to send up more people at a cheaper cost, rather than sending government employees on longer missions.
Thanks for post and good information.
I just noticed that your are a college student. I shouldn’t have been so hard on you, as it is great that you are that young and already a member of FR. At your age, when I was in university, I was much more liberal than you. As you grow older, with more experience, you will realize that people shouldn’t be telling you what to do with your money...or take it away in taxes. Cheers.
a) The decision to end the Shuttle program was made by George Bush in 2004 and b) the Soviet Union fell over two decades ago. We are purchasing rides from the Russians, because Mike Griffin decided to build rockets that NASA didn't need instead of accelerating alternatives to Soyuz.
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