The British soprano is postponing her trip to space for "personal family reasons"

By Mary Margaret
May 15, 2015 09:30 AM
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Sarah Brightman, who conquered Broadway in the ’80s with Phantom of the Opera and Cats, is postponing her trip to space.

Brightman, 54, has been training to fly to the International Space Station on Sept. 1 with the intent to become the first professional musician in history to perform live from orbit.

However, on Friday, it was announced that she was putting the experience on hold “for personal family reasons.”

“Since 2012, Sarah has shared her story of a lifelong dream to fly to space. Her international fame as the world s best-selling soprano has enabled her message to circle the globe, inspiring others to pursue their own dreams,” said Eric Anderson, Co-Founder and Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd, in a statement.

We ve seen firsthand her dedication to every aspect of her spaceflight training and to date, has passed all of her training and medical tests. We applaud her determination and we ll continue to support her as she pursues a future spaceflight opportunity.”

Sarah Brightman preparing for upcoming space journey
Courtesy Sarah Brightman

To prepare for the trip, Brightman had undergone years of strenuous tests with NASA and at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia.