August 28, 2002 11:50 AM

NASA has pronounced Lance Bass fit for space flight. Pending a resolution to some financial matters — namely, coughing up the $20-million fare — the ‘N Sync singer has been approved by NASA and other space agencies to participate in an eight-day mission to the International Space Station, due to blast off Oct. 28. The Associated Press reports that the 23-year-old pop star received the good news Tuesday while training at Johnson Space Center in Houston. “They’ve agreed that Mr. Bass meets the criteria and is suitable as a crew member,” said NASA spokeswoman Debra Rahn, referring to a panel representing NASA and the space agencies of Russia, Japan, Europe and Canada which surveyed Bass’s application, background and qualifications. The recommendation has been forwarded to a board of high-ranking space agency officials, Rahn told the news service. Bass’s candidacy is still due for further review, with a final ruling in the matter planned for September.

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