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Russia confirms singer Sarah Brightman's trip to space station

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Moscow, May 6 (EFE).- Russia's space agency Roscosmos announced Monday that it has reached an agreement in principle with the Space Adventures company for British singer Sarah Brightman to travel to the International Space Station.

The flight could take place in October of 2015," a spokesperson for Roscosmos told the Russian news agency Interfax.

Brightman, 52, said last year that Roscosmos told her that she had successfully passed the medical and physical tests, after which she began training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside of Moscow.

"I went to Star City in Russia and did a series of psychological tests, physical tests," the artist said. "I passed through everything really, really well and as said by the Russian Space Federation, I am officially a cosmonaut in training at this moment."

Russia decided to suspend tourist visits to the ISS due to the lack of space, since now the platform's crew has duplicated to six astronauts.

The ISS has accepted seven space tourists, with U.S. mogul Dennis Tito being the first to travel there in 2001.

Russia resorted to space tourism in the early 2000s due to the serious financial crisis affecting its space program after the fall of the Soviet Union.

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