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SPACEX LAUNCH OF VISITORS TO SPACE STATION

Context

On April 8, 2022, SpaceX deployed three wealthy people in business and their astronaut escorts to the International Space Station. They will spend more than a week on the space station.

Key Points

  • NASA has joined Russia in welcoming visitors to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Two years after flying NASA astronauts to the space station, this is SpaceX's first private charter voyage to the ISS.
  • After years of opposition, NASA has finally agreed to admit visitors to the International Space Station (ISS).

Concerning the tourists

  • Visitors to the space station include real estate, investment, and other company owners from Canada, the United States, and Israel. 
  • They paid USD 55 million per person for the ride and housing, including meals. 
  • Visitors can access all parts of the ISS except the Russian sector, which requires permission from the three cosmonauts on board. 
  • This has been planned by Axiom Space in collaboration with NASA for Mark Pathy, founder and CEO of Montreal's Mavrik Corp.; Larry Connor of Dayton, Connor Group, Ohio; and Eytan Stibbe, founding partner of Vital Capital, Israel.

Hosting of tourists by Russia

  • For decades, Russia has hosted tourists in the International Space Station (ISS) and the Mir space station before that. 
  • A Russian film crew flew up to the space station last year, followed by a Japanese fashion magnate and his aide.

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