Behind the scenes of the Schottenstein Centers transformation from hockey rink to

Whether people are attending a concert or a basketball or ice hockey game at the Schottenstein Center, they often only see the finished product. One Ohio State student recently attended an ice hockey game and found himself curious about the transition process. “I wondered about it during the hockey game,” said Randy Norman, a fourth-year in computer science and information. “I didn’t know if they could hold a basketball and ice hockey game in the same weekend.” In fact, that sort of thing happens often. For one particularly tight conversion, Steve Lind, conversion manager at the Schottenstein Center, said they were able to convert from the basketball court to the ice rink in two hours and 10 minutes. Lind said that result is not typical. Usually it takes closer to three-and-a-half hours to convert from the basketball court to the ice rink, he said. The most difficult conversion is going from the ice rink back to the basketball court, a process that usually takes about four-and-a-half hours, Lind said. “It’s a lot more cosmetic,” he said. Setting up the basketball court involves piecing together 225 individual wooden pieces, along with adding extra rows of seating. The ice rink has less seating to install, but has 182 pieces of glass that make up the rink. In all, the Schottenstein Center holds more than 20,000 people for concerts, 19,500 people for basketball games and 17,500 for ice hockey games. To cover the ice during basketball games and concerts, protective flooring is placed over the ice. The speed with which they accomplish the conversion depends heavily on the size of the crew. Lind said the average conversion crew has 20 to 25 members. The crew that set the record had more than 40 members. Maintaining the ice surface during the season, and throughout multiple conversions, is the responsibility of custodial services manager Ray Williams. It’s a process that isn’t as difficult as it used to be, due in large part to the advancement of the Zamboni. “It’s labor intensive, but the Zamboni does its job,” Williams said. Williams said the Zamboni removes any imperfections the conversion process might cause in the ice. The ice, formed at the beginning of the hockey season in October, takes between 50 and 60 hours of labor to form, he said. Williams described the process in detail. First, the concrete floor beneath the ice is regulated to 10 degrees. Twelve miles of piping are laid under the floor that runs the cooling system. Then, a thin layer of water is sprayed onto the ice. Once it’s frozen, the ice is painted white. The lines follow and the center ice logo is put in place. The logo, which is made of mesh, is placed at center and freezes into the ice. Williams said the process of placing the logo takes only 10 to 15 minutes. When they had to paint the logo, the process took about six hours. Once the logo is in place, the ice is built up until it is between one-and-a-quarter and one-and-a-half inches. In all, 10,000 gallons of water is used to create the surface. The ice is kept at 18 degrees when the protective flooring covers it and 14 degrees when it is uncovered. Williams said the surface temperature of the ice fluctuates because of overhead lighting. The ice is melted in March after OSU’s hockey season. Converting the Schottenstein Center is a large task, but it is not the process that strikes Lind, but rather who is involved in the process. “Ninety-eight percent of the crew is Ohio State students,” Lind said. “I think that’s pretty neat.” read more

Scientists May Have Detected ‘Violent’ Black Hole-Neutron Star Collision

first_img Scientists may have detected a “violent” collision between a neutron star and a black hole, however, they are not sure what sparked this mysterious space occurrence.On April 25, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector identified the presence of gravitational waves from what is believed to be a crash between two neutron stars, also known as the dense remains of giant stars that previously exploded, said a LIGO press release. However, on April 26, the LIGO-Virgo network observed another source with a bizarre twist: it may have resulted from the collision between a neutron star and a black hole, which LIGO says has never been witnessed before.Here’s the @LIGO & @ego_virgo skymap for #S190425z showing our best guess for where the #GravitationalWaves candidate (most likely colliding #NeutronStars) originated from. @LIGOWA was offline so the map isn’t too precise, covering about 18% of the sky https://t.co/HG56maUQHh pic.twitter.com/igJSg3maXr— LIGO (@LIGO) May 2, 2019“The universe is keeping us on our toes. We’re especially curious about the April 26 candidate. Unfortunately, the signal is rather weak,” Patrick Brady, spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, said in the press release. “It will take some time to reach a conclusion about this candidate.”The April 25 neutron star crash, dubbed S190425z, might have occurred roughly 500 million light-years away from our planet. Only one of the twin LIGO facilities reportedly picked up the signal of this collision, along with Virgo. Since only two of the three detectors reportedly registered the signal, an estimate of the sky location from which it originated were not precise, so astronomers had to survey almost a quarter of the sky to find the source.Meanwhile, the potential April 26 neutron star-black hole collision (S190426c) is estimated to have occurred approximately 1.2 billion light-years away from Earth. The collision was reportedly spotted by all three LIGO-Virgo facilities, which helped astronomers narrow its location to regions that cover about 1,100 square degrees (roughly 3 percent) of the total sky.And for our 5000th @LIGO tweet, here’s the skymap for #S190426c which might be our first #NeutronStar #BlackHole collision! With 3 detectors online this time the area was only 3% of the sky: way better for finding afterglows in light. https://t.co/9NIjMJOeg9 #O3ishere pic.twitter.com/bovdnZ5aYu— LIGO (@LIGO) May 2, 2019In addition to the discoveries above, the LIGO-Virgo network reportedly observed three likely black hole mergers. Since the first direct detection of gravitational waves occurred in 2015, the network has detected evidence for two neutron star mergers, 13 black hole mergers, and one potential black hole-neutron star merger.The discoveries come on the heels of LIGO and Virgo resuming operations on April 1. LIGO’s twin detectors, one in Washington and one in Louisiana, and Virgo, which is based at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Italy, turned back on earlier this month after undergoing many upgrades to increase their sensitivities to gravitational waves (ripples in space and time). Each detector can survey larger volumes of the universe and try to spot crashes between neutron stars and black holes.Apr 1 the hunt for #gravitationalwaves resumes with even more sensitive detectors! O3, the 3rd @LIGO and @ego_virgo observing run, promises more merging #blackholes and #neutronstars – and maybe some exciting new discoveries too. Read more at https://t.co/yTB1XncSDZ #O3ishere pic.twitter.com/vnRwRWSz8p— LIGO (@LIGO) March 26, 2019“The latest LIGO-Virgo observing run is proving to be the most exciting one so far. We’re already seeing hints of the first observation of a black hole swallowing a neutron star,” David H. Reitze of Caltech, executive director of LIGO, said in the press release. “If it holds up, this would be a trifecta for LIGO and Virgo—in three years, we’ll have observed every type of black hole and neutron star collision. But we’ve learned that claims of detections require a tremendous amount of painstaking work—checking and rechecking—so we’ll have to see where the data takes us.”More on Geek.com:Scientists Simulate Sounds of Stars This Black Hole’s Jets Are Wobbling Fast Because It’s Dragging Space-TimeThe First Black Hole Photographed Now Has a Cool Name Stay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System last_img read more

New Tinder Feature Sparks Summer Music Fest Lovin’

first_img New Tinder Alert Protects LGBTQ Users in Hostile NationsTinder Beats Netflix As Top-Grossing App Stay on target Tinder introduced a new feature to help summer festival-goers find love … or whatever.In “Festival Mode,” users can highlight planned concert destinations by adding badges to their profile, then match and chat with others attending the same event.“It’s no secret that Tinder is a must-have app for singles attending music festivals around the world,” Chief Marketing Officer Jenny Campbell said in a statement. “We consistently see a spike in Tinder use as tens of thousands of music fans come together.”In 2018, Tinder registrations during Hangout Fest in Alabama increased 30-fold, while app activity surged up to 300 times the norm at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.“We wanted to create a new experience that makes it easier to connect with other concert-goers before even setting foot on festival grounds,” Campbell added.Festival Mode is rolling out this summer to some of the largest music festivals in the Live Nation and AEG global portfolios.Festival Mode is rolling out now for participating festivals (via Tinder)Users will have access to event-specific badges approximately three weeks prior to the start of each fete.“By partnering with Tinder this festival season, we’re thrilled to offer such a unique service to our dedicated community of fans,” according to Andrew Klein, managing director for the Global Partnerships division of AEG.But the app’s presence will be more than just digital this year: Tinder is also producing activations on the ground for users to meet up at select events—offering VIP upgrades, complimentary merchandise, shareable photo ops, and more.“In an increasingly digitized world, people around the globe are flocking to … concerts and festivals in droves to experience connection where the emotional intensity is unmatched and the moments are unforgettable,” Maureen Ford, president of Live Nation national and festival sales, said.“Music has a long history of bringing people together,” she continued, “and our partnership with Tinder allows us to bridge the digital and physical worlds to facilitate more meaningful connections between fans in real life.”More on Geek.com:Tinder Beats Netflix as Top-Grossing AppTinder Has a ‘Spring Break’ Mode for College HookupsCows Now Have Their Own Tinder-Style Dating AppGeek’s Guide to Online Datinglast_img read more

See the 8 ‘Star Wars’ Planets in Our Own Milky Way Galaxy

first_img Star Wars universe planets, including icy Hoth and sandy Tatooine, are sadly not real. However, our Milky Way galaxy has exoplanets that are strikingly similar to their fantasy counterparts, and they offer cool insights into the solar system.In honor of Star Wars Day, NASA recently compared eight real-life exoplanets to mesmerizing planets featured in some Star Wars films in a press release. No signs of life have been detected on any of the roughly 4,000 exoplanets, so it’s uncertain if dewbacks, wookiees, or ewoks reside there. However, may the Fourth be with you and feast your eyes on our Milky Way galaxy’s breathtaking “Star Wars” exoplanets.In a galaxy not-so-far-away, there are 8 planets that will make you think #StarWars could be real! These exoplanets have uncanny characteristics to their movie counterparts and reside in our own cosmic neighborhood. Learn more: https://t.co/WXAETzUbbK #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/L9FtJMWGVk— NASA Blueshift (@NASAblueshift) May 4, 2019CoruscantThe Coruscant-like world Kepler-452b. (Photo Credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)Kepler-452b, the exoplanet with Earth-like properties, could be a good comparison to Coruscant, the futuristic hub with a surface fenced in a single, globe-spinning metropolis. Like Coruscant, Kepler-452b might need some climate engineering if inhabited, since this planet, which belongs to a star system that’s 1.5 billion years older than our planet’s, has warmer conditions.BespinOn the planet Bespin, the Cloud City floats in the clouds, which might be present on a cool gas planet. (Photo Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)In Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Bespin, a gas giant, is home to a bustling “Cloud City” that participates in atmospheric mining. NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has detected “hot Jupiters” which are too warm for floating metropolises. However, one of NASA’s internal astronomical teams found a twin of Jupiter, which orbits its star roughly the same distance as Jupiter is from the sun. The star, dubbed HIP 11915, is approximately the same age as our sun.MustafarCoRoT-7b, a scorching planet, bears a striking resemblance to the planet Mustafar. (Photo Credit: ESO/L. Calçada)Can you feel the heat? Mustafar, the planet where Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker battled it out in Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005), looks like Kepler-10b and Kepler-78b, molten, lava-covered rocky planets in Earth’s size range. But, CoRoT-7b, a 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit planet, beats both Kepler-10b and Kepler-78b when it comes to a scorching hot atmosphere. HothOGLE-2005-BLG-390, an ice planet, is nicknamed after Hoth. (Photo Credit: NASA, ESA and G. Bacon-STScI)Planet OGLE-2005-BLG-390, also known as “Hoth,” is a very cold planet that could be a “failed Jupiter,” according to NASA. The planet, which resembles the icy hub of Hoth in Star Wars, is located in the center of the Milky Way and has a surface temperature estimated to be minus 364 degrees Fahrenheit. (Ice, ice baby.) Even the wampas wouldn’t be able to stand the chill.TatooineThe Kepler-16 binary star system creates a “double sunset effect” similar to the one on Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle)Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet, has a desert-like climate and twin suns. Kepler-16b, a planet discovered to be in “circumbinary orbit” (circling two stars), also creates a “double sunset effect” similar to Tatooine. However, the planet is most likely cold, partly composed of rock, and is gaseous.KaminoKepler-22b looks like Kamino’s ocean world landscape. (Photo Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)Under the sea? Nope, it’s Kamino, an ocean world that’s inhabited by bug-eyed, long-necked cloners. Kepler-22b is a super-Earth that might be covered in a massive ocean: it’s 2.4 times Earth’s radius and could be gaseous. However, one upside to this situation: Scientists determined that due to the exoplanet’s bizarre tilt, the climate could be spring-like all year long.EndorAstronomers continue to search for the first confirmed exomoons, similar to Endor, a forested moon in ‘Star Wars.’ (Photo Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger)Endor, a forested moon in Star Wars, is the homeworld of the ewoks. However, exomoon detection is still in the beginning stages for scientists on our planet. A possible exomoon, also known as a moon circling a distant planet, was reportedly observed in 2014. Sadly, the microlensing event can only be seen once, so it won’t be possible to officially confirm the sight.AlderaanLike Alderaan, very young stars can be surrounded by a disk of dust and gas. (Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)Princess Leia’s home planet, Alderaan, is blasted by the Empire’s Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope (1977). Similar to this scenario, a white dwarf star was spotted swallowing the last remains of a small planet in 2015, thanks to NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. White dwarfs are super-dense stellar remains, but they have gravity more than 10,000 times our sun’s surface and can destroy anything caught up in their pulls. More on Geek.com:May the Fourth Be With You With These Epic Star Wars Deals Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at Age 74Cool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

New, All-Color Tamagotchi to Hit Store Shelves in July

first_img Vintage Shelf: Video Game Movies Are Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good TimeThe Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Nike’s KD12 Stay on target Attention all ’90s kids: The egg-shaped, plastic pets that you have to keep “alive” will be hitting store shelves again. Japanese manufacturer Bandai is releasing an all-color, new and improved version of the must-have toy of the ’90s in North America in July.Launched in 1996, the pocket-sized Tamagotchi was a fixture in playgrounds everywhere, but it really didn’t do anything more aside from eat, sleep, beep, and die — and serve as a fun accessory, maybe.The new Tamagotchi device — called Tamagotchi On — will feature millions of different characters, colored-digital screens, and cross-platform connectivity.“The new experiences and social connections raises the fun-factor and provides users with endless hours of entertainment,” Tara Badie, Bandai America Marketing Director, said in a press release. “We wanted to keep aspects of the original Tamagotchi gameplay but make it more relevant for today’s users by adding a colored-digital screen, new ways to connect and millions of different characters.”Available at mass retail nationwide starting July 28th, the new Tamagotchi On will come in two style: ‘Fairy’ and ‘Magic’. (Photo Credit: CNW Group/Bandai America)Users will now be able to connect their Tamagotchi to an interactive app on mobile devices to see more unique characters, play a game, meet new Tamagotchi characters to marry, and earn ‘Gotchi’ points and other surprises. There will even be a “Daycare drop-off” feature allows users to leave their My Tama in good hands while they take some time off (and go to school).Pre-sales of the device actually started online on May 13 at Target, Amazon, GameStop and Urban Outfitters but the Tamagotchi On will be available at mass retail nationwide starting July 28. The new Tamagotchi On device will retail for $59.99.In Japan and other markets, Bandai has frequently released new Tamagotchi devices. But the new Tamagotchi On seems to be part of a new wave of nostalgic reinventions of iconic products and brands of the 1980s and 1990s.Just look no further than the recent live-action remake of Aladdin (in theaters now) and Sonic The Hedgehog (set for release in early 2020).Italy-based toy seller Alessio Di Marco told BBC News he’s seen a “strong rise in interest in toys from the 1990s” like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers  in the last few years.“The children of the 1990s have grown up and are increasingly nostalgic for the toys of their childhood,” he told BBC.You can pre-order Tamagotchi On on Amazon.More on Geek.com:The Dream of the ’90s Is Alive in Nike’s KD12Namco Museum Mini Player Is a Retro Arcade That’s Just RightVideo Game Movies Are Mostly Bad But ‘Double Dragon’ Is a Good Timelast_img read more

Geek Pick: iPad Air 2019 Covers Your Tablet Bases

first_img Tablets have been around long enough now that along with existing as a middle ground between phones and laptops, there are various subcategories within the product space as well. The line between high-end phones and small tablets is blurrier than ever, and the same goes for high-end tablets and modest laptops. But if you want something firmly in the center, check out the new iPad Air. Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target This third-generation of Apple’s full-sized but lightweight tablet is the surprising comeback of a brand that had been dormant since 2014. And at $499 it’s neither the cheapest iPad you can get (that’s the plain old iPad) nor the most expensive (that’s an iPad Pro). The new iPad Air is in the middle between them.And that’s reflected in the specs. The iPad Air has the 9.7-inch screen of a 2018 iPad as well as support for the first (but not second) generation of the Apple Pencil smart stylus. However, it also features the much-improved A12 processor (think augmented reality) of other modern iOS devices along with support for Apple’s nifty physical connected keyboard some argue is superior to the current MacBook keyboard. These upgrades turn the tablet and its potential for real work into a modest little sibling to the iPad Pro. In fact, the iPad Air’s headphone jack gives it a leg up on that technically more powerful device.If you are confused by choices and aren’t entirely sure what tablet you think you’re supposed to get, chances are the new iPad Air will cover most of your big-screen iOS (or soon iPadOS) bases. For more on the iPad Air check out the extensive review on our sister site PCMag.com. For more on Apple check out the upgraded iPod Touch and why Flappy Fighter should be your next iOS gaming obsession.More on Geek.com: Geek Pick: Apple AirPods 2 Let You Take Your Beats On The GoGeek Pick: Dell XPS 13 Leads Dell’s Computex 2019 LineupGeek Pick: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Is A Powerful, Premier Android Phonelast_img read more

Apple TV Gets Real Video Game Controllers

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week This really does seem to be the year when Apple has finally realized that it is one of the biggest video games platform holders considering the sheer variety of games (however free-to-play poisoned) on devices like iPhone and iPad. First we got a surprise look at games like Elder Scrolls: Blades and augmented reality Angry Birds that felt as traditional a game demo as we’ve ever gotten from Apple. But this was just a prelude to the announcement of Apple Arcade, Apple’s upcoming premium video game subscription service set to take on rivals like Google Stadia later this year.And at WWDC we learned another small but pretty exciting new detail about Apple’s new gaming initiatives. Real video game controllers are coming to Apple TV.Aside from the sketchy business models, controllers have always been the biggest issue for gaming on Apple products. The native touch screens aren’t suited for more precise hardcore games, and neither was the nifty but simple remote for the original Apple TV. These devices do support third-party controllers with more normal interfaces, but those have always felt like weird niche products that Apple and other developers hold at arm’s length. I don’t see many people plugging their iPhones into Gamevice.However, with Apple TV’s upcoming tvOS 13 players will be able to use the most widely used video game controllers imaginable: the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 for PlayStation 4. Instead of using some knock-off controller on Apple TV, just use the good controller you already own from your console. These controllers are also both standards that developers are already very familiar with. Games like Flappy Fighter have found brilliant ways to translate deep gameplay to intuitive touch controls, but real controllers will make it much smoother for traditional games to come to Apple TV and Apple Arcade.So add Apple to the list of companies Sony and Microsoft have now decided to play nice with. But Apple has its eyes set on more than just video games. Here’s the latest on Apple’s plans for news, TV shows, and even credit cards. Stay on targetlast_img read more

For Sale: Rare Globe of Mars Portraying Early Theory of Life on Red Planet

first_img A unique, hand-painted globe illustrating an early theory of life on Mars made by the Danish astronomer Emmy Ingeborg Brun is up for auction — and it has been estimated to fetch up to $50,000, according to Christie’s auction house.The rare globe of the Red Planet was based off cartography published by astronomer Percival Lowell (1855-1906), who spent many years observing the surface of Mars.Lowell interpreted a series of large straight lines crisscrossing the planet (an unfortunate optical illusion), to be “canals” engineered by a Martian race to transport water from the Poles to lands near the Equator. This theory was widely shot down by the astronomical community, but became highly popular among the public at the time. Its popularity is now known as the “Canal Craze.”The globe features supposed oases and areas of seasonal vegetation named and connected by a series of canals. (Photo Credit: Christie’s)Brun, a Mars enthusiast and socialist, was intrigued by Lowell’s vision of the planet’s infrastructure, which she thought was evidence of a radically different cooperative Martian social order, according to a 2015 article by Slate. In 1905-1909, Brun adapted Lowell’s maps and sketches into a small number of handcrafted wooden globe.Brun’s globe was made from plaster applied to surface of a globe, and the cartography then painted. It features supposed oases and areas of seasonal vegetation named and connected by a series of canals. The globe is supported by a graduated half-meridian arc on turned ebonized stand. Title painted on the base reads: Mars efter Lowekks Glober 1894-1914.It’s estimated to sell for $30,000-$50,000.The globe is part of Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts Including Americana, a diverse collection of scientific properties the auction house Christie’s is selling in June. The collection also includes letters and correspondences from Albert Einstein denoting his discomfort with quantum theory, and signed gallery proofs of Watson & Crick’s articles on DNA.More on Geek.com:Lost Medieval Chess Piece Found in Drawer Could Fetch $1.3 Million at AuctionInstruction Manual Used for Apollo 11 Moon Landing Is Up for AuctionRare Apple-1 Computer Goes Up for Auction, Could Fetch Up to $650,000 Stay on target Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KRare, ‘Legendary’ 1894 Dime Could Fetch More Than $1 Million… last_img read more

NASA to Open International Space Station to Tourists From 2020

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target Get your (space) passports ready: NASA will allow tourists to visit the International Space Station (ISS) from 2020.NASA announced Friday it would open the orbiting station to tourism and commercial ventures, allowing businesses use of the space station facilities, including filming movies and commercials.“NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York..@Space_Station is open for commercial business! Watch @Astro_Christina talk about the steps we’re taking to make our orbiting laboratory accessible to all Americans. pic.twitter.com/xLp2CpMC2x— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019“NASA will continue research and testing in low-Earth orbit to inform its lunar exploration plans, while also working with the private sector to test technologies, train astronauts and strengthen the burgeoning space economy,” the agency said in a press release.The space agency said the private astronauts would be permitted to travel to the ISS, which has been continually occupied since November 2000, for up to 30 days. The tourists would travel on a U.S. spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.Both Boeing and SpaceX are currently developing capsules that can carry humans to the ISS.Today starts a new day in low-Earth orbit as we unlock the @Space_Station’s potential as a platform for companies to engage in commercial profit-making activities and we welcome private astronauts to visit on U.S. vehicles. Get more details: https://t.co/lJnIlxaii7 pic.twitter.com/8sbi1lEzIn— NASA (@NASA) June 7, 2019The commercial entity developing the mission will determine crew composition for each mission and ensure private astronauts meet NASA’s medical standards and the training and certification procedures for International Space Station crew members, according to NASA.There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, according to Robyn Gatens, the deputy director of the ISS.NASA will also allow those companies to use resources on the ISS for commercial purposes, even making use of NASA astronauts’ time and expertise (but not their likeness), The Verge noted.Four Expedition 59 astronauts pose inside the Harmony module on the ISS. (Photo Credit: NASA)Companies can start sending astronauts to the ISS as early as 2020 — if they can afford it. It’s expected that a trip will cost around $50 million per astronaut.NASA had previously banned any commercial use of the space station and prohibited astronauts from taking part in for-profit research, BBC News reported.On the other hand, Russia has been more open to placing advertisements on the ISS and has sent tourists to the space station before.Watch: This Space Harpoon Could Be a Solution to the Space Junk ProblemMore on Geek.com:Watch: Astronaut Captures Amazing Time-Lapse Video of Earth From ISSNASA Astrobee Bot Completes First Hardware Check Aboard ISSNASA Scientists Install HD ‘Eyes’ in Mars 2020 Roverlast_img read more