The International Space Station Is Open For Business

If you’ve got a spare US$35,000 up your sleeve, you can visit outer space!

NASA is rumoured to be opening up their International Space Station to the world and all it costs is a cool US$35,000 per night to visit the orbiting landmark. This is a big move for the International Space Station (ISS), which has been orbiting the earth since 1998 and has previously banned any form of commercialisation of the ISS.

So How On Earth Do We Get There?

Boeing and SpaceX are the two companies headlining space tourist missions and are already in the process of developing capsules to carry humans into outer space by 2020. NASA has allotted only 2 private astronaut missions per year, and each stay can last up to 30 days. So at $35,000 per night, that’s just over $1 million for your space expedition. Aside from having plenty of coin up your sleeve, a mission to outer space will involve spaceflight training and strict medical testing.    

NASA have also agreed to allow private companies to buy time on the ISS to conduct health research, product testing and more. These new initiatives are set to help fund NASA’s own costly space activities and future missions as the station plans to remain in orbit for another 10 years.

For more information, visit the NASA website.

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