Twenty years ago, Jeanne Robinson was all set to be the first dancer to perform in zero gravity as part of NASA's civilian-in-space program. But in the wake of the sobering Challenger disaster dancing in space probably seemed like the ultimate in hubris and the program was unceremoniously axed.
Now she's getting the chance again. Peter Diamandis offered her seats on one of his Zero-G Corp. planes. They fly in huge parabolic arcs to give passengers 30 seconds of weightlessness at a time. Even though Jeanne Robinson's Stardance Experience sounds (and looks) like a Vegas show, there's something life-affirming about a 59-year-old woman finally getting to dance in space.