From: Space Adventures
Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2002
The following statement is to clarify certain inaccuracies recently released to the press:
For several years, Space Adventures has chartered IL-76 aircraft from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (YGCTC) in Star City, Russia, for purposes of providing Zero-Gravity experiences to its customers. Pursuant to an agreement with YGCTC, Space Adventures has all rights to film and videotape any activities that Space Adventures provides at Star City.
Periodically, cosmonaut trainees have joined Space Adventuresí chartered flights at YGCTC's request. On Space Adventuresí August 22, 2002, chartered Zero Gravity flight, paid for in full by Space Adventures and carrying a full compliment of Space Adventures paying customers, YGCTC placed Mr. Lance Bass, a cosmonaut trainee and candidate for an upcoming Soyuz flight to the International Space Station. As with every Zero-Gravity flight operated by Space Adventures, our film crew was present to document the experience.
During the flight, Mr. Bass allowed himself to be taped and photographed with the other participants, posed for many shots by our photographers, and agreed to be interviewed on tape. As stated, Space Adventures agreement with YGCTC grants Space Adventures full rights to this imagery.
Space Adventures has never claimed credit for Mr. Bass as a client.
Space Adventures remains the only company to have successfully flown private paying individuals to the International Space Station -- Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth.
Space Adventures continues to wish Mr. Bass the best on his personal bid to fly to space, for a flight in October 2002, or in the future.
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