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 [email protected]_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

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