Billionaire plans a show in space

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If you have billions of money at your disposal, you can pretty much do anything you want like uhm, have a show in outerspace.

Yup, circus billionaire Guy Laliberte who will visit space this month, announced that he will also be hosting a live event while he’s there. He says he is doing this to promote the importance of access to clean water around the world.

The founder of Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil is flying into space on September 30 aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule to travel to the International Space Station. This 11-day road spacetrip doesn’t come cheap too. He’ll be paying $35 million to be a “space tourist”, making him the 7th private citizen to go to be able to go into orbit.

Getting back to this out-of-this-world show, Laliberte says former U.S. vice president and environmental activist Al Gore, Irish band U2, rock musician Peter Gabriel, and other stars are also gonna take part in this two-hour live show from 14 cities around the world.

“I just hope that as a citizen of Earth, this will inspire people in a new way,” he said.

According to a report from Reuters, the show will be coordinated by One Drop, Laliberte’s environmental foundation and is set to be shown live on the Internet through its website, onedrop.org in partnership with AOL.com

Hmmn, I wonder how much it’ll cost me to get to Pluto? 😉

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/scienceNews/idUSTRE5816JJ20090902