'N Sync's Bass Plans Space Flight
It's one giant leap from singing for teenyboppers and plugging Chili's baby back ribs to orbiting the Earth, but 'N Sync member Lance Bass is planning to do exactly that. The performer has been inviteIt's one giant leap from singing for teenyboppers and plugging Chili's baby back ribs to orbiting the Earth, but 'N Sync member Lance Bass is planning to do exactly that. The performer has been invited to blast into space as a passenger on board a Russian Soyuz rocket scheduled for launch in November.
"I am completely overwhelmed by this invitation," Bass said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to completing this lifelong dream. I am honored and privileged to represent my country in this history-making mission." The 22-year-old Bass has chased this dream since he was a child, even attending Space Camp in Florida a decade ago.
The space mission will follow approximately six months of training at a facility in Star City, Russia, near Moscow. At the high-tech military site, Bass will be schooled in simulated flight activities and emergency procedures.
The whole thing will be captured on film by sponsor Destiny Productions (in association with the William Morris Agency) for a planned television special, dubbed "Celebrity Mission: Lance Bass." International Television Networks and other corporate sponsors will also contribute funding for the trip.
According to the online space exploration site Spaceflight Now, a Nov. 4 launch is planned for the Russian government's Soyuz-U rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. That mission will deliver a capsule to the International Space Station to serve as a sort of lifeboat for the three-person crew of the orbiting facility.