Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Nasa to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

Nasa to open International Space Station to tourists from 2020

"If you look at the pricing and you add it up, back of a napkin, it would be roughly $35,000 a night, per astronaut", NASA's Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit told a news conference in NY.

Nasa will allow unprecedented commercial access to the International Space Station (ISS) for marketing, business and space tourism, the agency announced on Friday.

"This is a momentous day for, not only NASA and the space economy, but honestly for USA industry as a whole", said the space agency's CFO Jeff DeWit.

Eventually, NASA wants to see ISS replaced by a privately run space station.

'Enabling a vibrant economy in low-Earth orbit has always been a driving element of the space station program and will make space more accessible to all Americans, ' astronaut Christina Koch said in an announcement streamed from the ISS.

But the USA has paid for and controls most of the modules that make up the orbiter.

Nasa is to offer tourists the chance to visit the International Space Station from next year, it was revealed today.

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With its sights set on a return to the moon, NASA announced Friday that it will sell time and space aboard the International Space Station to private companies for the very first time.

Although the private astronauts won't work for NASA, they will still receive rigorous astronaut training from NASA to ensure that they are qualified for spaceflight. "Transitioning toward this new model of business is an important step to allow Nasa to move full speed ahead in landing the first woman and the next man on the moon".

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.

That is the average rate the companies will bill Nasa for taking the space adventurers up to the ISS.

According to NASA, the first private astronaut missions could blast-off as early as 2020.

Nasa will also allow film crews to shoot from the ISS as part of its commercialisation.

In addition to maintaining a sustainable commercial presence in low-Earth orbit, the agency expects commercial entities to play a central role in establishing a sustainable human presence on the moon.

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