Everybody knows about NASA. They are widely known for their major contributions to the field of spaceflight. The organization has also made great progress in space science and aeronautics but now it seems that they’re branching out into space tourism. So, how much? One night in space, presumably on a lavish single bed or bunk, will set you back around $35 thousand. Really? There are hotel rooms on Earth that charge more than that. Just ask Johnny Depp.
NASA to support space tourism as of 2020
NASA further explains: “If supported by the market, the agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year to the International Space Station. These missions will be privately funded, dedicated commercial spaceflights. Private astronaut missions will use a US spacecraft developed under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program,”
NASA has been known to ban commercial flights to the ISS up to this point. But this has not stopped Dennis Tito, an American businessman that paid the Russian government $20 million to be the first to pop up the cherry of space tourism in 2001. That has been made possible due to the fact that the ISS is not owned by any one country. So NASA’s finger-wagging did not impress anyone at the time. But now it seems they want to get onboard with space tourism.
Space tourism would be costly at first
If you want to go and visit space, your money is not going to buy much. NASA has declared that any commercial entities will need to put together the crew for their mission. This means checking astronaut readiness to perform a space mission, in regulation with proper health and safety standards.
These space tourism missions to see the sights will most definitely be performed by SpaceX and Boeing, which are NASA’s regular contractors. But be prepared for a price tag that’s in the millions range, just to be on the safe side. As the two companies usually charge NASA up to $60 million for each of their astronauts for one flight.