Los Angeles, CA, October 11, 2004 Superstar Lance Bass, a member of the pop group NSYNC, said Friday he still plans to fly in space and congratulated those behind the recent private sector space flights.
Lance Bass at Space Frontier Conference 13. Photo by Sam Coniglio.
Speaking to the Space Frontier Foundation annual conference aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, Bass emphasized the need to educate the world's young people about space, and to make it safe.
"I enjoy getting kids excited about space," Bass told the gathering of commercial space entrepreneurs, engineers and advocates, "and showing them that science is the way to the future. It's also great that private citizens are now going to space in their own vehicles."
Bass was referring to the two recent flights of SpaceShipOne and Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites Team, which won the ten million dollar Ansari X Prize by becoming the first private human-piloted spacecraft into space twice in two weeks.
Rick Tumlinson, a founder of the Space Frontier Foundation said the group was thrilled by the interest of celebrities like Bass in space, and is looking for others to join the young rock star in his quest for the frontier. "Space is going to be the next big thing!" said Tumlinson. "and now is the time to get on the bandwagon."
Bass has undergone training for a flight aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. Though negotiations were suspended and the flight hasn't occurred yet, Bass said he plans to go into space. "I have several experiments I want to perform on a space flight, and bring more excitement to kids about space," he said.
Tumlinson said the group was happy to hear from the popular singer. "Lance represents the fire and enthusiasm of youth that will drive space settlement in the future. We will do all we can to help him," he said, "after all, it's about time for the musicians, poets and artists to get out there."