Starship trouper’s space song dream

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Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Sarah Brightman has admitted she struggles to explain why she wants to travel in space.

The singer, who has been in training in Star City near Moscow, will take part in a tourist flight to the International Space Station on September 1 lasting 10 days.

Speaking at a central London press conference, she said: “I cannot explain in full why this has been something strong inside me”.

She admitted it seemed “unrealistic and crazy”, but said watching the first moon landing when she was aged nine was “a pivotal moment” in her life.

She said: “It actually changed my perception about life.

“Suddenly my mind opened”.

She said: “For me to have got this far and have a taste of what I felt at that time and have a taste of the future is an amazing thing.”

Brightman revealed she had spoken to space travel veterans about the realities of space flight.

She told reporters she wanted to sing from space in a duet with a performer on earth.

She said: “We’re trying to work this out at the moment, we’re working on the music at the moment”.

Brightman said she paid for the trip herself, but said she could not “contractually” say how much it cost.

Brightman, who is learning Russian for her trip, said she is working with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd-Webber on a song she can perform in space.

She said: “It’s finding a song that suits the idea of space and something that is incredibly simple.”

The singer said Lloyd-Webber had come up with “the most beautiful line” for a piece she could potentially perform from the spacecraft.

The Cats star, who scored a yop 10 hit in 1978 with I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper, said she might do one of the moves from the hit track’s dance routine while she is up in space.

The singer said the idea of civilian space travel was “fast becoming a normality” and added that she hoped the journey would help her “understand everything better” about life on Earth.

Published: Tuesday 10th March 2015 by The News Editor

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