Space tourist publishes book of photos from trip
It’s rare to get a book deal documenting your recent vacation.
Unless that vacation destination is outer space.
Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil and one of the world’s first space tourists, produced a book of photographs taken of the Earth during his 11-day trip in 2009.
Using Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras, Laliberte snapped photos of the Earth from 220 miles away. Take a look above and here.
The book, entitled "Gaia," features 149 pictures.
Laliberte got to the space station via Vienna, Va.-based Space Adventures. The company has organized eight trips to the space station for seven space enthusiasts on a three-person Soyuz rocket owned by the Russian government.
Its first client was Dennis A. Tito, a California multimillionaire who founded Wilshire Associates Inc., an investment firm in Santa Monica. In 2001, Tito was the world's first space tourist, shelling out $20 million for the ride.
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Photo: Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte looks at one of the photos from his new book, "Gaia," before his book launch in Montreal in June. Credit: Reuters/Christinne Muschi