High stakes poker player and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, a clown, became the world’s seventh space tourist and first-ever poker playing Cosmonaut yesterday, blasting off in a Russian Soyuz spaceship from the back of a donkey cart somewhere in Kazakhastan.
Laliberte reportedly paid $35 million, or about twice as much as he’s lost online at Full Tilt, for the opportunity, which he’s using for the do-gooding purpose of promoting clean water.
Says Laliberte on the mission:
“I needed it to be the right time and for the right purpose. This is the time. And the purpose is clear: to raise awareness on water issues to humankind on planet Earth.”
Also raising awareness on water issues to humankind on planet Earth (WTF talks like that?), these three girls.