By Erin Strecker
October 10, 2012 at 05:32 PM EDT
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She may be losing her heart to a starship trooper once again.

Sarah Brightman, the world-famous soprano best known for originating the role of Christine in Phantom of the Opera, is going intergalactic. The British singer announced today that she has booked a trip to the International Space Station.

Prior to departure, she’ll spend six months at Russia’s Star City cosmonaut training center. She said she’s heading to outer space in part to promote the U.N. agency’s message (Brightman is a UNESCO ambassador), in particular by encouraging women’s education in the sciences and environmental awareness.

If she succeeds, she’ll be the first recording artist in space. Former *NSYNCer Lance Bass famously tried in 2002, but his plans never got off the ground.

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