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International Space Station to be open to tourists from next year

International Space Station to be open to tourists from next year

U.S. space agency NASA announced that it would open up the International Space Station to business ventures including space tourism — with stays priced at $35,000 a night — as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab.

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year.

The missions will be for stays of up to 30 days.

These travellers would be ferried to the orbiter exclusively by the 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.

International Space Station

The International Space Station is a space station, or a habitable artificial satellite, in low Earth orbit.

Its first component was launched into orbit in 1998, with the first long-term residents arriving in November 2000. It has been inhabited continuously since that date.

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