Laliberté successfully reached orbit
Space Adventures announced on June, 4 2009, that Guy Laliberté would fly on board Soyuz TMA-16 to the International Space Station as Canada’s first space tourist.
Guy Laliberté, founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, is a spaceflight participant, he will return on board the Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft left as an emergency vehicle during that previous flight.
Laliberté’s flight marks the third space flight by a Canadian in the same year, after Robert Thirsk and Julie Payette. He is also the third Québécois in space.
Soyuz TMA-16 could be the final flight of a space tourist to the International Space Station.
With the retirement of the Space Shuttle and the expansion of the station to six crew members, all Soyuz crew positions for the foreseeable future should be occupied by Expedition crew, until another manned spacecraft such as Orion is available to service the International Space Station.