Sarah Brightman, who is known for captivating audiences for her three-octave range, is about to make history. The British singer will be the first musician to visit the International Space Station and to travel into outer space.

During a press conference, Brightman says she was inspired by early footage of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. It encouraged her to chase one of her childhood dreams.

“Something flipped,” she said. “I was quiet and reticent as a child, suddenly my mind opens, ‘I want to do something very, very special. I want to go there, where they are.’”

Brightman is set to join the crew of Soyuz rocket and have some assistance from Space Adventures, Ltd in Russia. She will first go through six months of pre-orbit training before spending ten days in space.

She plans on releasing her new album, Dreamchaser, sometime in January 2013, and then embark on a year-long world tour. She says the album was influenced by finally achieving her dream of going into space.

[via CBS Local]