Are you an adventure junky looking for out-of-this-world-experience or you’re one of those who have always imagined how the other planets look like, now is your time to give life to your thought with Nasa planning to allow tourists to visit the International Space Station from 2020.

The price though is something to think about: $35,000 (£27,500) per night; however, if you are like Richard Garriott who paid $30 million to live in the Space for 12 days in 2008, that figure will mean nothing to you.

In what looks a new vista in Space adventure, US space agency, Nasa, announced recently that it would open the orbiting station to tourism and other business ventures.

According to Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS, there will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year. Nasa said that private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days, travelling on US spacecraft.

“Nasa is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York.

Nasa said that private commercial entities would be responsible for determining crew composition and ensuring that the private astronauts meet the medical and training requirements for spaceflight.

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.

These companies are likely to charge any private astronaut a similar “taxi fare” to what they intend to charge Nasa for its astronauts – close to $60m per flight.

Nasa had previously banned any commercial use of the space station and prohibited astronauts from taking part in for-profit research.

Nasa does not own the station however – it was built, beginning in 1998, with Russia, which has taken a more relaxed approach in recent decades to commerce.

In 2001, US businessman Dennis Tito became the first tourist to visit when he paid Russia around $20 million for a round trip.

Nasa’s announcement on Friday is part of a move towards full privatisation of the ISS. US President Donald Trump published a budget last year which called for the station to be defunded by the government 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 person in decades.


Reference: BBC

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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