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First Tourist Space Walk by Energia and space adventure of Russia

First Tourist Space Walk by Energia and space adventure of Russia

The Energia space agency of Russia has confirmed that it will shuttle the first tourist into orbit in 2023, according to the terms of a new contract signed with a private space company of the United States called Space Adventures. Under the terms of the contract, two space tourists will be taken to the International Space Station (ISS).

Key Points:

  • The expedition neatly coincides with the first successful mission by Elon Musk's SpaceX in May 2020.
  • The historic event saw the SpaceX launch astronauts to the ISS on a reusable Crew Dragon spacecraft, ending nearly ten years of Russia's effective monopoly in shuttling humans into space.
  • One of the tourists will be allowed to take part in a spacewalk.
  • The tourists will be launched on a Russian Soyuz rocket under a contract with Roscosmos, the Russian space agency.
  • The deal has been signed with Energia (a subset of Roscosmos), which will take the two spaceflight participants to the ISS for 14 days.
  • Till now seven wealthy passengers have been flown by Space Adventures on eight trips to the space station between 2001 and 2009. The co-founder of Microsoft Charles Simonyi has flown twice.

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