Cirque du Soleil Founder Returns To Earth As 1st Canadian Space Tourist

(CNN) — Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte — sporting his red clown nose — landed back on Earth after a $35 million working vacation at the International Space Station, a Russian report said.

The Canadian billionaire arrived in Kazakhstan on Sunday aboard a Russian rocket, along with Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and American astronaut Michael Barratt, according to Russian state news agency, RIA Novosti.

The trio blasted off for the space station on September 30.

Laliberte is the first Canadian private space explorer, and his journey was described by Cirque du Soleil as “the first social/artistic mission in space.”

He used the trip to raise awareness about the need for safe and clean drinking water worldwide. On Friday, Laliberte participated in an event sponsored by his One Drop foundation that took place in space and 14 cities worldwide. The event featured famous political and entertainment figures spreading a message of “water for all, all for water.”


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