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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cindy Crawford for Space Tourist?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The new commander of the international space station quipped this weekend that he would rather see supermodel Cindy Crawford become the next space tourist to visit the station than boy-band performer Lance Bass.

"Well, how about Cindy Crawford? We would love to see one of the supermodels," Valery Korzun joked Saturday during a linkup with reporters about a possible visit by Bass.

Becoming serious, Korzun, who arrived at the orbiting outpost Friday aboard the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour, said he thought it was better to have tourists like South African Mark Shuttleworth, whose computer expertise added something to the station when he paid some $20 million to fly there in April.

But if Bass were chosen, he would be greeted warmly, Korzun said: "We would be happy to see any space tourist. They're very welcome here."

Korzun and his crew, Sergei Treshchev and American Peggy Whitson, are to spend 4 1/2 months on the station. The crew faced its first major hardware problem Saturday when one of four huge gyroscopes used to stabilize the station failed. The gyroscope cannot be repaired in space and NASA said it will have to be replaced. The loss will not hurt operations.