Earlier this year, I wrote about all kinds of tech entrepreneurs’ obsession with space, which has made several of them start rocket companies and take obscenely priced trips to outer space. This happens when an American space tourism company called Space Adventures channels money from wealthy tech geeks to the Russian space agency, which kicks the shit out of them in remote Russian isolation for 5 months, and then said tech geek takes off to outer space for about a week. Price tag: about $30-40 million but totally worth it.
Anyway. Earlier this week, Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté took off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and today finally docked to the International Space Station. Rumors of his doing a circus act up there — or “clowning around,” har har, as the papers put it — have been confirmed. According to a Space Adventures press release, Laliberté, who has become a vocal water advocate, “will share information about water-related issues through an artistic and poetic mission, themed ‘Moving Stars and Earth for Water.'” The mission — the reading of a Yann Martel poem — will commence on October 9, in outer space and 14 cities simultaneously at 8pm EST. (It will also be broadcast on Laliberté’s foundation’s website, onedrop.org.) May the force be with you, tambourine man.