Today, NASA announced that it will allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020. ISS will welcome tourists and private astronauts.
Starting from 2020, International Space Station will open its doors to tourism and other business ventures. People will be able to use space station’s facilities, including filming commercials or movies.
More than 50 companies are already doing commercial research and development on the space station.
Nasa will allow private astronauts to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days.
“Nasa is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York.
Robyn Gatens, deputy director of the ISS, said there will be one to two short private astronaut missions per year.
“These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights.”
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The commercialization of the ISS is a great way to reduce NASA’s yearly costs for operating the station.
Boeing and SpaceX are already developing capsules to carry humans to the ISS. So, the agency said the two companies will handle these private tourists and any services related to them.
The first mission will take place as early as 2020, the agency said. But all of these activities will come with a large price tag.
CNBC reported that each private trip will likely cost $50 million, and NASA will receive $35,000 per night.
However, this is not the first time a tourist will board the ISS. In 2001, US businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist to visit when he paid Russia around $20 million for a round trip.