Madonna is set to be launched into space as a guest on Russia's first tourist shuttle.The singer revealed her dream to visit space when her 'Confessions' world tour arrived in Moscow this week, and she has now been invited on the maiden launch, scheduled for 2009.A Russian Space Agency spokesman said: "Schedules for the flights of so-called space tourists have been approved."Madonna's request will definitely not meet any objections and her representatives can approach us. We hope she'll be on a flight by 2009."An insider said: "We are so excited to add Madonna to our list of space tourists. She's a great singer and we are sure she will add something to the flight."Madonna performed in Moscow on Tuesday night (12.09.06) in a stadium packed with thousands of Russian soldiers for her own protection.Other stars set to be launched into orbit include 'Aliens' actress Sigourney Weaver and 'Star Trek' star William Shatner - who have both been invited on rival company Virgin Galactic's first passenger trip in 2008.

Places cost £100,000 each and passengers must wear nappies and undergo training to endure G-forces of up to 300mph.