Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Canadian Circus Clown Reaches the Final Frontier
Founder of the world-reknowned Cirque du Soleil, street performer Guy Laliberté has set his sights to new heights. Donned with a red nose and backed by good intentions, Laliberté becomes the first clown in space, September 30, 2009. As the space shuttle leaves the landing pad, friends and family, sporting similar rubber noses, break out in applause before switching into an accapello of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Backed by $350 million, Laliberté is on a campaigning mission to promote a clean water supply. “When I decided to join Expedition 21, I knew there would be an artistic component to my mission. I am an artist, not a scientist, so it was my duty to contribute in my own way,” stated Laliberté. This event showcases but one of the many ways the world is advancing into an era literally "otherworldly," but not everyone has a positive outlook on this. Chief executive of the $100 billion space station expresses his concerns on the ecosystem and how repetitive launches into space will probably NOT be the direction America is veering towards. “I keep hearing that space tourism is ending. It never seems to be true,” he said.
---Jacob D., Period 3