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Sarah Brightman defers space flight

British soprano Sarah Brightman has put off her flight to the International Space station, the company helping her to prepare for the mission has said.

Space Adventures said in a statement that the 54-year-old singer announced that "for personal family reasons her intentions have had to change and she is postponing her cosmonaut training and flight plans at this time".

Brightman, who was to blast off to the station in a Russian Soyuz rocket on September 1, said in March that she is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, her ex-husband, to create a song she will sing in space.

Her decision to defer the trip followed last month's launch failure of an unmanned Russian cargo spaceship, which was caused by a leak of propellant tanks in the Soyuz rocket carrying it into orbit.


From Belfast Telegraph