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by Traveleads | June 11, 2019 | Latest News
Space agency NASA says it will start offering overnight stays on the space station from as early as next year.
NASA said it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other commercial ventures, which could include filming and TV productions.
There will be up to two short private missions per year, said ISS deputy director Robyn Gatens. Space tourists will be allowed to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days, travelling on US spacecraft.
NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York. “We are opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,”
The two companies hired by NASA are Elon Musk’s SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is building a spacecraft called the Starliner.
NASA had previously banned any commercial use of the space station and prohibited astronauts from taking part in research for profit. However, US businessman Dennis Tito was granted permission to visit in 2001, for which he paid around $20 million. The figures that are being mentioned for commercial visits by comparison are a mere snip at around $35,000 (£27,500) a night.
The announcement comes as US President Donald Trump continues with plans that are expected to enable the space station to survive without government funding by 2025.
The space agency recently announced that it planned to return to the moon by 2024, taking the first woman there and the first people in decades.
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