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Cirque du Soleil Founder Rumored to Be Next Space Tourist

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
June 3, 2009
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International Space Station
International Space Station

From stilt-walker to private space explorer
Toronto Globe and Mail

The billionaire who launched a high-flying circus act into a global entertainment powerhouse is said to be setting his personal sights even higher: Outer space.

Guy Laliberté, the fire-eating stilt-walker who founded the Cirque du Soleil, is identified as the next tourist willing to shell out as much as $35-million to blast into orbit as a paying visitor to the International Space Station.

Neither the Cirque du Soleil nor the U.S. company brokering the trip would confirm the news.

But news agencies and space watchers have identified Mr. Laliberté as the world’s next amateur astronaut.

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