NASA Opens International Space Station to Tourists from 2020

NASA Opens International Space Station

NASA Opens International Space Station to Tourists: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Friday said it will open up the International Space Station (ISS) to business ventures including space tourism with stays priced at $35,000 (Rs 24.2 lakh) the night as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab. “Nasa opens iss to tourists to commercial opportunities and the marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWitt said in New York.

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, deputy director of the ISS. The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days. As many as a dozen private astronauts could visit the ISS per year, NASA said. These travelers would be ferried to the orbiter exclusively by two companies currently developing transport vehicles for NASA: SpaceX, with its Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which is building one called Starliner.

These companies would choose the clients and bill for the trip to the ISS, which will be the most expensive part of the adventure: around $58 million for a round trip ticket. That is the average rate the companies will bill NASA for taking the space adventurers up to the ISS.

But the tourists will also pay NASA for their stay in space, for food, water and use of the life support system on the orbiter. That will run about $35,000 per night per astronaut, said DeWitt.