NASA to open International Space Station (ISS) but only billionaires need apply
NASA has announced plans to open the International Space Station( ISS) to the commercial and business sector to open the station up to space tourism. At present the ISS is used for research development but from as early as 2020 NASA will allow two private trips a year to the station with missions lasting up to 30 days.
But if you're looking for a deal don't expect to find this offered on any price comparison sites, a nights stay aboard the station will set you back $35,000 for bed, air and board - multiple that by thirty and the months stay will set you back just over a million dollars and that's excluding the shuttle charter to and from the station.
The space tourists will still have to take part and pass NASA's medical standards and the training procedures to ensure they are safe on board the ISS.
NASA hopes that the missions help test out and encourage future private missions into space, which could provide funding for further exploration in years to come.