Space.com has more details on the continuing volley of will he or won’t he regarding *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and his quest for space. The Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) spokesman Konstantin Kreydenko tells them, “We ran out of patience, he should leave.” Still, they wouldn’t confirm whether agency director Yuri Koptev had already officially terminated the contract with Bass. An Energia official said in a telephone interview on Tuesday that there still is a chance Lance will be able to fly.
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MirCorp Says Bass Negotiations Still Ongoing
September 3, 2002 – MirCorp has responded to Russia’s space agency spokesman Sergei Gorbunov who nixed Lance Bass’ planned trip to outer space next month due to “failing to fulfil the conditions of his contract.” Mircorp said Tuesday (September 3), “The discussions continue between Celebrity Mission and our Russian colleagues. Meetings with the relevant partners took place today, September 3, and will continue tomorrow. We are very grateful for the support that we are still receiving from all our partners. We are extremely confident that we will reach a solution for Lance’s historic journey. Lance himself remains absolutely committed to doing this mission.”
Lance Bass Doesn’t Meet Space Cash Deadline
September 3, 2002 – Reuters reports Russia’s space agency has scrapped *NSYNC member Lance Bass’ plans to join an October space mission after he and his sponsors failed to meet payment deadline, said spokesman Sergei Gorbunov on Tuesday. “After failing to fulfill the conditions of his contract, Lance Bass has been told that his training at the Cosmonaut Training Center has ended and that his flight to the ISS is impossible,” said Gorbunov.
MirCorp Denies Claim Lance Bass Might Not Be Spacebound
August 31, 2002 – Simon Saradzhyan of Space.com reports MirCorp president Jeffrey Manber is denying a Russian news report that said Lance Bass’ space flight may fail to materialize. He explained, “It takes weeks and months to complete the paperwork” after a corporate sponsor declares its preparedness to pay for the trip. A Russian space industry source says the Russian negotiating team might be willing to wait for more than one week before deciding whether *NSYNC star gets to make the space flight in late October.
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