September 3, 2009
‘Cirque’ founder to broadcast from space
The founder of Canada's Cirque du Soleil announced he'll host a two-hour show from the International Space Station next month.
Guy Laliberte, 50, made the announcement in Star City, Russia, where he is in training to become Canada's first space tourist in a Sept. 30 launch, The (Montreal) Gazette reported Thursday. The Quebec billionaire reportedly paid $35 million to be on the mission.
Among the celebrities invited, but not confirmed, are Montreal-born astronaut Julie Payette, Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, former U.S. vice-president Al Gore, U2, Shakira and Peter Gabriel, Laliberte said.
The show is scheduled to be carried live in partnership with AOL.com and the onedrop.org Web site, the report said.