I almost (and I do say ALMOST) had a weekend off, but no! The only moment of relaxation consisted of a massage on Saturday, September 12. After this 90-minute break, I went over the last details of our show Poetic Social Mission: Moving Stars and Earth for Water with my creative director, Fernand Rainville, and the executive producer, Martin Dignard.
Day 158 - LIFT-OFF IN 30 DAYS!
Here we are clowning around again. I guess you could call this a “zero-gravity induced spaced-out kind of feeling”! Read more>>>
Day 148 - August 22, 2009 - Space Cameraman
Getting ready to receive training for my new job as cameraman! Read more>>>
DAY 138 - August 13, 2009 - MODEL FOR A DAY
I was all excited because I was trying on MY VERY OWN spacesuit, as well as the undergarments, training suit, survival kit and so on. Gloves were tried on, helmets were measured, I was weighed with my spacesuit on, etc. We couldn’t help laughing since that’s a lot of layers to put on! Read more>>>
DAY 123 July 29, 2009 - ALMOST 3 MONTHS IN STAR CITY
Since our arrival in Star City close to 3 months ago, we’ve met quite a few people and a true sense of camaraderie has taken over. Given the serious nature of what we’re doing, the entertainer in me is working hard at keeping the atmosphere light, so a good fit of the giggles is always welcome! I have to say that I’ve found a fine partner in Barbara. Read more>>
DAY 118 - July 24, 2009 - RANGE OF TRAININGS AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
The last few days have been really interesting; in terms of the range of things we’ve learned: safety training; an introduction to the American part of the International Space Station (ISS); distress, emergency and communication protocols; and so on. It was also really good to see that our schedule on the ISS is organized based on our mission goals (i.e. time for sleeping, eating and other activities). With all this information, I’ll be ready to be a good space-travel companion! Read more>>>
DAY 103 - July 09, 2009 - IN CASE OF EMERGENCY...
Today, we studied the emergency recovery/rescue system, which explains the various systems and safety measures to be taken in the event of any malfunctions (from 30 minutes before launch until our return to earth). For example, the parachute system, the various parts that are detaching themselves after launch and the leak systems. Read more>>>
DAY 97 - July 03, 2009 - EMBLEM OF THE POETIC SOCIAL MISSION REVEALED!
Last week, I showed you the logo for the Soyuz TMA-16 mission. This week, I would like to introduce the emblem for the Poetic Social Mission and tell you a little bit about it. Read more>>>
DAY 91 - June 27, 2009 - HERE COMES THE WEEKEND!
We are starting to learn really important stuff, like the theory of how the space suit works and how to use it, for instance how to secure it in an emergency, depending on whether we’re landing in water or on terra firma. I’m paying very close attention not only because this is essential knowledge, but also because I find it absolutely fascinating. Read more>>>
DAY 88 - June 24, 2009 - TMA-16 LOGO UNVEILED
The FSA, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, has confirmed the logo of the TMA-16 mission that will be flying me into space! The tradition is for children to submit their designs for selection. For the TMA-16, the winning entry was from Nastya Mestyashova, a 14-year-old girl from the Orenburg region of Russia. Read more>>>
DAY 51 - June 08, 2009 - PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT MY POETIC SOCIAL MISSION
Today I’m announcing my Poetic Social Mission, and everyone’s really excited! Despite the intense Moscow traffic that’s slowing us down, preparations are moving along nicely. This supposedly short trip of just a few kilometres seems to take an eternity and my adrenalin is starting to pump.
DAY 45 - June 02, 2009 - VIDEO: GUY LALIBERTÉ TELLS ALL ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF HIS JOURNEY
In this very first video, Guy Laliberté, directly from Star City, explains why he embarked on this groundbreaking journey.
DAY 35 - May 23, 2009 - MOULDING AND FITTING FOR THE SOYUZ
A mould of the seat which I will have on board Soyuz. It’s a very relaxing experience when they take body measurements to make a flight suit and seat. Read more>>>
DAY 23 - May 11, 2009 - ARRIVAL IN RUSSIA, ON OUR WAY TO STAR CITY
Departed from Montreal at around 23H00 on my way to Moscow. The adrenalin flowing through my body makes it hard to sleep, but I manage to grab a few hours.
Touchdown in Moscow at around 15H00. A beautiful sunny afternoon welcomes us as we are greeted by a Space Adventures-Russia employee who’s there to help us through customs. Not a small feat considering all our film equipment! That first step taken, we board a minibus with all our luggage and arrive at Star City after having spent almost two hours on the road.
DAY 1 - April 19, 2009 - THE POETIC SOCIAL MISSION IN SPACE TAKES OFF
The adventure officially began on April 29, 2009 with the signing of my contract with Space Adventures! My departure for Russia has been set for May 9th. That leaves me very little time to prepare, but I'm used to performing acrobatic tricks!