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NASA Is Opening The International Space Station to Tourists

13 June 2019

Previously, NASA forbade any use of the space station for commercial purposes, and the participation of astronauts In commercial research.

According to NASA's Commercial Crew Website, the company highlights its mission to develop and operate new generation space crafts that can carry crews to the International Space Station and also low-Earth orbit.

"The agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station", Nasa explained. But that concept will soon become obsolete; at least some rich people that can cough out tens of millions of dollars for a special vacation will be able to buy a ticket for Space tourism. In contrast to the professional astronauts, the space tourists usually stay only one or two weeks. According to Gizmodo, a single night with food and other crucial supplies on the ISS would cost $35,000 at least. These "private astronauts" will be transported by the two companies that are now developing vehicles for NASA: SpaceX, with the Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which builds the Starliner.

These companies may charge any private astronaut the same "fare" as NASA astronauts - about $ 60 million per flight (almost 1.6 billion hryvnia - approx.ed.).

The International Space Station is now open for commercial business. While now and then space tourists have flown with Russian Soyuz capsules to the "ISS", future U.S. rockets from SpaceX or Boeing will be used in the future.

But the United States has paid for and controls most of the modules that make it up.

Our commercial partner, SpaceX completed its 17th resupply mission to the International Space Station on June 3. And they have transported only space agency astronauts, in addition to Russian cosmonauts.

The policy change announced Friday includes the opening of parts of the ISS to private sector companies for commercial and marketing activity.

On May 31, our administrator Jim Bridenstine tried his hand at a virtual landing on the Moon in the ten-story Vertical Motion Simulator at our Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. This will allow us to focus resources on our Artemis missions to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

NASA Is Opening The International Space Station to Tourists