Russia: No Money, No Space Trip For 'N Sync's Bass

The Russian space agency has given 'N Sync's Lance Bass five days to come up with payment for a trip to the international space station this fall, spokesperson Konstantin Kreidenko said today. Kreiden

The Russian space agency has given 'N Sync's Lance Bass five days to come up with payment for a trip to the international space station this fall, spokesperson Konstantin Kreidenko said today. Kreidenko said that if payment is not received by Friday (Aug. 23), Bass will not be permitted to take part in the mission, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 28. The price tag for such a "space tourist trip" is said to be about $20 million.

Bass, who is hoping to be the third tourist to travel to the station, has been training since July at Star City, the Russian cosmonaut center outside Moscow. At 23, he would be the youngest person yet in space.

Bass' supporters, including Los Angeles TV producer David Krieff, have blamed paperwork problems for the delay in transferring payment to Russia. "In my mind it's a lot of talk and posturing. That is their style and I can appreciate it," Krieff said last week of Russian threats to prevent Bass from participating. "This is 100 percent going forward."

Krieff said he has lined up three sponsors so far who have committed between $5 million and $15 million each, including a "huge soft drink" manufacturer and a conglomerate "like Procter & Gamble." He added that a U.S. TV network, also unidentified, was attached to run a series based on the trip and that the program had been sold to 40 other countries.


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