NASA opens Int'l Space Station for private travel, at hefty price

_A Monitor Report01 Jul, 2019 | 532 Views|-+
New York : The US space agency NASA announced that it is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for private citizens, but with a hefty price tag.

NASA will provide two privately funded trips to the station per year, each lasting up to 30 days and the first mission could be as early as 2020, according to NASA.

Those private travellers will firstly pay an estimated USD 58 million for a round-trip ticket for the 30-day trip. Then they have to spend about USD 35,000 per night for accommodations, said Jeff Dewit, Chief Financial Officer, NASA at a press conference at Nasdaq in New York City.

They will use a US spacecraft developed under NASA's Commercial Crew Pro-gramme, including the rocket-and-capsule systems being developed by Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX.

Previously, Russia's space agency has already brought a number of private travellers to the station.

NASA's ISS tour comes as the US space agency plans to end its support of the ISS by 2024, the same year when two US astronauts, including a woman, are slated to land on the south pole of the Moon.

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