Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte is rumoured to become the first Canadian tourist out of this world, a prospect that delights the country's space industry.

NASA Watch - a specialized blog written by a former NASA employee - said Tuesday it has learned from multiple sources that Mr. Laliberte will buy himself a multi-million dollar ride aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft in September. Read more at the National Post.

Cirque du Soleil CEO and founder Guy Laliberte

It has been confirmed. Mr. Laliberte is to be Canada's first private space explorer. Read the press release at the Canadian Space Agency.

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