Joey Fatone has had to be pretty coordinated in a variety of very different venues. As a boy bander during his time as a member of ‘N Sync, he had to master hip-hop and pop-influenced moves. As a Brodway actor in Rent and Little Shop of Horrors, he had to learn the blocking involved with modern musical theater. And as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, he had to learn the steps of ballroom and Latin dancing.
Now, for his 31st birthday, he had the chance to learn a new move: floating in “space.”
The Dancing with the Stars alum spent his 31st on the “Zero-G” flight out of Kennedy Space Center. Travel site Jaunted.com explains that the flight is “a trip in a specially adapted plane, during which the pilot dives in such a way that the forces of gravity are briefly cancelled out. It means you can float, like an astronaut in space, for around 30 seconds at a time.”
It’s used as a training tool for astronauts, but the flight has also become a destination for the space travel enthusiast or general thrill seeker (who, granted, has a lot of cash to drop, since the flights cost about $3600 each). Famous physicist Stephen Hawking, who has been physically disabled by Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), has also taken a turn in the Zero-G flight.
The flight is also called the “vomit comet” because of the physical reaction some have during the experience, but Jaunted reports this reputation might be overblown.
It might be years until space tourism allows anyone to actually head out to space for a real shot at Dancing with the Stars, but it would appear that Joey has some of the same space travel bug that his fellow band member Lance Bass has as well.
– Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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