In order to be admitted into training Bass agreed to undergo heart surgery to correct a type of cardiac arrhythmia which was discovered in 1999 when he collapsed after a concert. In 2002 the group announced that they would be taking a "hiatus" during which Timberlake began to record solo material. Lance Bass finiLance Bassd in third place with the title going to Burke.
However after his financial sponsors backed out Bass was denied a seat on the mission. 'N Sync's success led Bass to work in film and television. Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station.