NASA to sell tourist trips to space station

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NASA to sell tourist trips to space station
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NASA to sell tourist trips to space station
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NASA announced plans this week to allow citizen astronauts to visit the International Space Station, possibly as early as 2020. Round trip tickets aboard the spacecraft transporting the astronauts to the space station are expected to cost more than $50 million each. Every night the astronaut spends aboard the space station is projected to cost at least an additional $35 thousand.

Travelers may stay at the station for up to 30 days. However, only two people will be chosen a year.

Each space tourist will be required to pass a rigorous training program. The training course is said to be quite similar to the one actual NASA astronauts experience.

It’s unclear if travel to the space station will be handled directly by NASA. Although, it was revealed that astronauts would be travelling to the space station aboard either the SpaceX Crew Dragon or the Boeing CST-100. Both crafts are still in the testing phase and neither have actually brought any astronauts to space just yet.

NASA generally pays to send their astronauts to the International Space Station via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The US pays over $70 million a trip to send their astronauts to the station.

The announcement came as quite a surprise to many in the scientific community. Some have criticized the move, but others say it’s an interesting concept that is certain to help NASA raise money for future research.

In addition to their announcement about tourism, NASA also declared their intention to send the first woman and another man to the Moon by 2024.

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