Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Nasa’s space tourism coming in 2020: what you need to know

Nasa’s space tourism coming in 2020: what you need to know

NASA will allow private citizens to stay at the International Space Station (ISS) for month-long getaways at a cost of about $35,000 per night, the U.S. space agency said on Friday.

If you have over $50 million to spare, and have dreamed of going to the International Space Station, such a fantasy could be turned into reality as soon as 2020.

However, ISS has been used before for commercial research and development by many companies.

This story was first published on CNN, "NASA opens space station to private astronaut missions".

A one-night stay will be priced at US$35‚000 and there will be up to two short private astronaut missions a year. Each night aboard the ISS will cost travelers a cool $35,000, while still having to meet NASA's strict medical standards, training and certifications before visiting. This has something to do with the commercialization of the ISS, however, according to CNBC, none of the companies has expressed interest in 'taking over the ISS wholesale'.

However, NASA says seats aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon and/or Boeing CST-100 capsules will cost roughly $58 million per seat.

"In the long-term, NASA's goal is to become one of many customers purchasing services from independent, commercial and free-flying habitable destinations in low-Earth orbit", NASA explained.

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NASA might not be just about research and scientific discovery in the future.

The space agency of the USA stated it might open the space station to the travel industry and different ventures of business.

"We are announcing the ability for private astronauts to visit the Space Station on USA vehicles and for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities on the station". That would put the total for the trip to over $1 million.

The idea is to develop the space economy in the hope of seeing the private sector take over the ISS, which the United States hopes to stop financing in the late 2020s.

Since the space shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA has flown astronauts to the space station aboard Russian rockets.

Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator at Nasa, said it was unknown what the end result of the new "open for business" policy would be.

At present, NASA doesn't have the cash it needs to make it to the Moon in 2024.

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