Space Tourist Guy Laliberte was the original founder and
owner of Cirque du Soleil and has currently become the official
first space clown when he blasted off for a 12-day space trip
to the International Space Station (ISS).
Launched from the Baikonur on a Russian Rocket in 2009,
Laliberte was carried along with a cosmonaut and an astronaut
on the Soyuz capsule. Friends and family sent off Russian
cosmonaut Maxim Surayev and United States astronaut Jeffrey
Williams along with Laliberte. Their arrival was expected
to be on a Friday at the outpost orbital.
Fifty year old Laliberte aimed to promote the increasing
shortage of clean water in the world. The former entertainer
wore a red bulbous clown nose just before boarding the Soyuz
capsule and on the ISS as well.
Having paid 35 million dollars for this trip, Space Tourist
Guy Laliberte intended to get the most of his 12-days in outer
space. Guy Laliberte has a 95 percent stake in Cirque du Soleil.
The theater performance and circus arts company had turned
26 years old on September 30, 2010.
Possibly one of the last private ISS visitors, Laliberte
has said that he had tried to persuade his fellow astronauts
to wear clown noses as well.
Fifty-year old Laliberte aimed to make the world highly aware
of the ever-shortening supply of clean water in the world.
Being Canadian, he is part of a country that contains 20-percent
of the world's freshwater and at the same time, half of one
percent of the global population. He says that most people
think that water is a resource that is inexhaustible.
The truth is that this is not the reality of the situation
and thus, Laliberte donated $100 million of his personal money
in a period of 20 for the improvement of water and its availability
throughout the globe. He is doing this through his charity
called the One Drop Foundation.
Space Tourist Guy Laliberte adds that generally, Canadians
will learn to use water in a more conservative way and that
most Canadians are already aware of this world problem.
As NASA retires is program for shuttles and leaves the ferrying
of astronauts to the Russian space agency, this may be the
last trip to the ISS of a private person we will be hearing
about for years to come.
However, Eric Anderson, the Chief Executive of Space Adventures,
which books the flights states that he will try and ensure
at least three tourists per year will be able to visit the
space station, no matter what the rumors are regarding the
retirement of this possibility. Increasing the number of missions
of the Russian Soyuz will most likely keep the program alive