Adam Piore of Newsweek spoke with Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, for his advice to *NSYNC star Lance Bass, who hopes to become the youngest person to reach space. “My advice as far as planning the flight itself is to really think out ahead of time what he’ll be doing when he’s in space,” Tito said. “And to allow time to really enjoy the experience—to look out the window, view the earth—even get some understanding of what the map of the earth looks like so he’ll be able to recognize the places he flies over. Obviously he should take a camera along and take pictures outside as well as inside.”
Lance Bass An Official Candidate For Space Trip
July 16, 2002 – MTV News reports that the Russian Space Agency has finally decided that *NSYNC star Lance Bass has the right stuff for consideration on an October flight. NASA spokesperson Dwayne Brown said on Tuesday, “It’s official, he’s their candidate. We did indeed receive a letter nominating Lance Bass for the October flight.” Financial details have yet to be worked out, but have been moving along.
Russia Softens Stance On Lance Bass’ Space Dreams
July 13, 2002 – Space.com reports Russian space officials have softened their stance on plans for a commercial flight to the international space station by Lance Bass of *NSYNC. “Considering our tough economic situation, we believe it would be an inadmissible luxury to use the third seat on the coming October flight for cargo,” a top official at the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) said in an interview on July 11th.
Lance Bass No Friend Of Pro Autograph Hunters
June 30, 2002 – Barry Koltnow of The Province chatted with *NSYNC star Lance Bass who says he’s no fan of professional autograph seekers. “It’s really annoying to have to deal with these professionals,” Bass said. “Usually, I just ignore them. But sometimes, I’ll grab the photo and either sign a fake name or write some kind of obscenity across it. I’ve seen some of those photos on eBay.”
Lance Bass No Longer Managing Meredith Edwards
June 27, 2002 – The Tennessean reports Meredith Edwards and *NSYNC star Lance Bass have parted ways. Edwards was the first management project for Bass and grew frustrated after she became known as “that girl discovered by Lance Bass.” Meredith calls the split a friendly one, “It was the best thing I could’ve done for my career and my life at this point.”