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November 08, 2006 06:13 ET

World Travel Market: Blessed Goes Into Space

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 08, 2006) - RUMBUSTIOUS Shakespearian actor Brian Blessed has dramatically revealed that he is heading into Space.

" I go in 2009, " he announced at World Travel Market at ExCeL London. "I have been training on Reunion Island in the Pacific.

"I will be 71 by then and everybody wants to film it and this will be great fun. I have been made part of the American Martian team so I have been climbing volcanoes on Reunion in a Martian prototype suit.

"But before that space trip I will climb Everest autumn next year.

"It is because I went to 28,000ft without oxygen on Everest, when I was aged 62, that scientists are deeply interested and are going to use me as a Space guinea pig. They cannot understand how I can go so high."

The adventure-seeking explorer in him compels him to keep chasing new horizons and he has had three cracks at Everest.

He added: "Next time I will get up. Without doubt. It was because I set out too late that I didn't make it to the summit last time.

I say, 'keep following your dream.'

"This is why I'm going for the chance to blast off and to reach the space station and also reach the world's highest mountain summit."

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