From: Space Adventures
Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2002
Singer Experiences Zero-Gravity for the First Time
Pop singer and prospective space tourist Lance Bass joined Space Adventures today on one of its scheduled Zero-Gravity training flights in Star City, Russia. During the one-hour parabolic training flight, Bass and Space Adventures' clients floated weightlessly for 30-second intervals. For imagery from the zero-gravity flight, visit http://www.spaceadventures.com. "We are always happy to be able to assist space enthusiasts, adventure seekers or celebrities with space flight experiences," said Space Adventures President and CEO Eric Anderson. "Space Adventures wishes Lance Bass the best on his bid for an orbital flight into space."
Former NASA astronaut and Space Adventures advisor Norm Thagard also flew today to guide participants through the weightless training experience. As the first American to launch on a Russian Soyuz rocket, Thagard experienced training similar to that which Bass and other space tourist candidates undergo. Zero-gravity flights are one part of a series of space flight training programs operated by Space Adventures in collaboration with the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
Space Adventures, which arranged the first two space tourist flights to the International Space Station (ISS) for Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth, has several other clients in the preliminary phases of the space flight qualification process.
"We continue to witness growing interest in flights to the ISS," commented Anderson.
The first step in the qualification process is a two-week training schedule during which candidates undergo zero-gravity and supersonic flights, as well as a rigorous medical examination. Space Adventures' Orbital Pre-Qualification Program is officially approved by the Russian Space Agency and cosmonaut training organizations.
Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space tourism company, offers a wide range of space experiences, from zero-gravity and high-altitude supersonic flights, cosmonaut training and space flight qualification programs, to actual flights into space. Space Adventures has provided clients like Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly to the International Space Station. For more information about Space Adventures, visit www.spaceadventures.com or call 1-703-524-7172.
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