It seems we’re back to the space race, but this time it’s not about gazing as far as possible into the depths of the Universe – now everyone is intent on sending actual living and breathing humans as far into space as we’ve ever gone! That being said, the commercial side of space travel has also been given a boost thanks to the talent and persistence of Elon Musk, who’s making space travel cheaper as we speak. In fact, it’s getting so accessible that you could go into space no later than next year! NASA is opening up ISS to tourists, and here’s what you need to know.
So, it’s done – NASA has announced that International Space Station is opening its doors (or hatches, to be more precise) to a number of commercial opportunities, including tourism. Yep, you heard that right – there will be at least two private astronaut missions per year, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the lucky one to go to space!
Estimated price, though, might scare most of future space travellers away. A night at the ISS will cost around $35,000, but there’s a catch. To get there you’ll need the service of a private company (that is Elon Musk’s SpaceX), which would charge the future traveller same as they would a NASA space mission – around $60 million per flight.