CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA says it's ready for 'N Sync singer Lance Bass' space debut.
If the boy band member clinches a deal with Russian officials to fly to the international space station this fall -- and a deal is supposedly close -- then NASA will welcome him into training.
"We have heard by the grapevine that they have made some progress with getting him signed," Dianne Murphy, a space station manager, said Thursday. "But we have not gotten that official yet."
NASA already is making plans for Bass and his cosmonaut crew to visit Johnson Space Center in Houston later this month for a full week of training. He would be the third space tourist, but the first to rack up corporate sponsors and TV shows to help finance the trip.
The sticker price for the 1 1/2-week cruise: as much as $20 million.
"They expect all that to kind of come together here very shortly," Murphy said.
Bass still needs the OK from a crew-operations panel representing the U.S., European, Japanese, Canadian and Russian space agencies.
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