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- To learn more, visit the His­tor­ica Canada web­site at www.his­tor­i­ca­canada.ca Space Travel · International Space Station · Space Flights · Cirque du Soleil · Elton John · Guy Laliberte

Septem­ber 30, 2009 – Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Lal­ib­erté be­came the first Cana­dian space tourist, tak­ing part in a mis­sion he hoped would in­crease aware­ness of the need for global water con­ser­va­tion. Lal­ib­erté donned a red clown nose be­fore blast-off. His cheer­ing sup­port­ers broke into a cho­rus of El­ton John’s “Rocket Man” upon hear­ing his ship had en­tered or­bit. The twelve-day round trip to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion came with a price tag of US$35 mil­lion.

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