Now Holiday In NASA Space Station For A Cool $50 Million

Now Holiday In NASA Space Station For A Cool $50 Million

NASA is throwing open the doors of the International Space Station (ISS) for commercial business, which means that you could be spending your next vacation in the final frontier-space.

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions a year, with the stay on board costing $35,000 (£27,500) a night. Missions can last as long as 30 nights and NASA will leave it up to the Commercial Crew Program to plan the trips and provide the training required to prepare private astronauts for space.

A return ticket back to earth will cost you almost $58 million United States dollars, and even Astronauts will have to pay $35,000 USD.

NASA is opening parts of the International Space Station to more commercial opportunities.

The NASA officials said some revenue from commercial activities will help the agency focus its resources on returning to the moon in 2024, a major goal of the Trump administration.

Transport will be provided by both Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX, who are now developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS.

You've heard about the International Space Station for years.

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It will cost $11,250 ($A16,000) per astronaut per day to use the life support systems and toilet and $22,500 ($A32,000) per day for all necessary crew supplies, like food, air, medical supplies, and more.

Unsurprisingly the news that space travel will be accessible to "all Americans" sparked quite a reaction on Twitter.

"But it won't come with any Hilton or Marriott points", he joked. "We recognize there is a physical end to the station", said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate.

Since 2011, Russian Soyuz rockets have been the only way to get to the space station. In the mid-1990s, an Israeli milk company filmed a commercial on the space station Mir, and a pair of Russian cosmonauts even appeared on QVC to sell a pen able to write in a weightless environment.

By handing control of the space station over to commercial ventures, NASA could have more money to pursue more ambitious missions, such as building a new space station around the moon and sending humans back to the lunar surface. So the idea is to let the private sector start using the station now and perhaps eventually take it over, he said.

More than 50 companies are already conducting commercial research and development on the space station through the ISS US National Laboratory.

The extent of this commercial-phobia even had NASA ban its astronauts from experimenting on any research that might be profitable down on Earth.

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