Sarah Brightman Calls Off Space Flight

By Nick Cowen on at

Sarah Brightman - she of Phantom Of The Opera fame - shall not be flying to the International Space Station. We know! We're as shocked as you are.

Ms Brightman was scheduled to be the eighth tourist aboard the ISS - the trip would've cost her around $52 million - and had been in training for the flight in Russia’s Star City since January, according to The Guardian. She would have flown out on the Russian Soyuz capsule for a 10-day stay on the station in September.

Sadly, however, due to family reasons, she's had to pull out of the trip.

“Ms Brightman said that for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time,” a statement on her Facebook page reads. Presumably this means that Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu, who has been in training as Ms Brightman's back-up, will now get her seat on the space flight later this year.

In the meantime, though, it seems that there shall be no dulcet tones raining down upon us from heaven, courtesy of this world-renowned soprano. A pity. So this rendition of Space Oddity by everyone's favourite space man Commander Chris Hadfield will have to do us until another songsmith ventures to the ISS: