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*NSYNC's Lance Bass Recovering From Minor Surgery

*NSYNC singer Lance Bass recently underwent an outpatient “surgical procedure” to correct an irregular heartbeat, his publicist told Reuters on Thursday (May 16). The procedure was performed several weeks ago in order for the singer to be able to pass the intensive training required to become the world’s first pop singer to take a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station.

The surgery was an outpatient procedure and Bass is doing well. The singer’s heart condition was “not even remotely life-threatening,” Bass’ publicist told Reuters. “It’s something he had wanted to correct for a long time, but being that he’s planning to go into space, it prompted him to move it up a bit.”

Destiny Productions in association with The William Morris Agency will develop a television special about the singer’s Space Flight to be titled, Celebrity Mission: Lance Bass. The website lanceinspace.com has also been established to document the singer’s training for the mission.

In related news, an announcement is expected on Monday (May 20) regarding the on-sale date for tickets for *NSYNC’s Challenge For The Children IV celebrity basketball tournament fundraiser. Tickets are tentatively scheduled to go on sale during the first week in June via Ticketmaster, and the event will take place in Orlando on July 27 and 28.

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