Poll: Bass' Space Dream Spawned Indifference

'N Sync's Lance Bass had been hoping to travel into space in October, but according to a Billboard.com poll, most people didn't really care about his quest.

'N Sync's Lance Bass had been hoping to travel into space in October, but according to a Billboard.com poll, most people didn't really care about his quest. Even though Bass' goal to hitch a ride on board a Russian rocket generated headlines around the world, 57% of 2,915 voters responded "I don't care" when asked about their feelings on the subject.

Another 30% testified to their belief that celebrities and other professionally unqualified individuals should not have the chance to experience space travel simply because they are rich. Just 13% of those taking part in the poll were behind Bass' aspirations, noting that such a trip could have exposed many of the singer's fans to the wonders of space.

As reported today, Bass' hopes of being one of the three individuals on board a Soyuz rocket next month were dashed when the Russian Space Agency notified the U.S.' National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that it could no longer wait for the contractual obligations to be met. The trip would have cost Bass' supporters -- a group of sponsors collected by a television production company that was planning to make a documentary series about his training and the mission to the International Space Station -- $20 million.

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