MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's space agency Roscosmos announced on Friday that it would take a final decision early next year on whether British singer Sarah Brightman can make a tourist trip to the International Space Station (ISS).
"I have met her, she is all set to fly, but Roscosmos has not yet decided on it. We have a range of possibilities, including sending young cosmonauts to fly. A final decision will be made in the first half of 2013," agency head Vladimir Popovkin said.
Soprano Brightman, 52, first announced in October that she had asked to make a space tourist flight.
Best known for her roles in West End musicals such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, Brightman will become the eighth private individual to make the trip to the ISS if her trip goes ahead.
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