The Soyuz TMA-16 spaceship was launched into space at 3:14 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (0714 Greenwich Mean Time [GMT]) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
With a scheduled docking at the ISS on October 2, 2009, LabibertÃ© was one of three crewmembers of the flight.
Two members of the Space Station crew join him on the flight: ISS Expedition 21 commander and Russian cosmonaut Maksim Surayev and ISS Expedition 21 flight engineer and U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams
Reportedly, LabibertÃ© paid $35 million for his 11-day stay at the orbiting station in space.
LalibertÃ© is the founder and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil. He holds 95% of the stock in the reportedly $1.2 billion company.
On October 29, 2007, LalibertÃ© announced the beginning of the non-profit ONE DROP Foundation, whose mission is to fight poverty around the world by ensuring access to water for all people. He will promote that mission during his trip in space.
Page two talks about LalibertÃ©'s mission to space.