October 10th, 2012
03:00 PM ET

Singer Sarah Brightman preps for space

In an exclusive interview on CNN’s “Starting Point,” bestselling soprano and humanitarian Sarah Brightman discusses her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to venture into space.

The world famous soprano, who has thrilled audiences on stage in “Phantom of The Opera," is teaming with Space Adventures and the Russian Federal Space Agency (FSA) in Moscow to prepare for a 10-day trip on board the SOYUZ Rocket to the International Space Station.

In order to participate, Brightman was required to travel to Star City in Moscow to undergo intense tests.

“I had to go into a centrifuge...just to sort of keep your self conscious, I had to do math while I was up there. It was an amazing feeling but quite frightening,” Brightman says.

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SpaceX Dragon berthed at ISS for first commercial cargo mission
October 10th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

SpaceX Dragon berthed at ISS for first commercial cargo mission

The SpaceX Dragon was successfully berthed at the International Space Station Wednesday as the station's crew caught and secured the unmanned cargo capsule high above Earth, NASA announced.

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide latched onto Dragon with a robotic arm at 6:56 a.m. By 9:03, the craft was attached to the station's docking module, the space agency said.

"Looks like we've tamed the Dragon," NASA's Sunita Williams, commander of the current ISS mission, said in a statement released by SpaceX.

The Dragon mission lifted off Sunday on the first commercial space cargo mission, carrying about a half-ton of supplies for the station's crew. It caught up with the ISS Wednesday morning, 273 miles over the South Atlantic Ocean, NASA said.

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