First of all, it was unclear whether the new offer was aimed exclusively at citizens of United States nationality, because in a NASA video it is talked about making the laboratory in space "accessible to all Americans".
There will be two 30-day missions per year for tourists aka private astronauts who can visit the ISS..
Those private travelers will firstly pay an estimated 58 million USA dollars for a round-trip ticket for the 30-day trip.
While NASA touted the plan as a way to help fund its ambitious plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 as it tries to build a sustainable economy in space, it's unclear how much the agency stands to make under the new policy. "We're marketing these opportunities as we've never done before", said NASA's Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt earlier today.
(Arstechnica) On Thursday morning, NASA held a press conference to announce that the International Space Station is now open for business.
These "private astronauts" will be transported exclusively by the two companies that are now developing vehicles for NASA: SpaceX, with the Crew Dragon capsule, and Boeing, which builds the Starliner capsule.
The space station does not belong to NASA.
For instance, regenerative life support and toilet cost $11,250 (£8,800) per astronaut each day. It will allow tourists to visit the orbiting station from 2020, at $35,000 per night.
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The leadership behind NASA is looking into a transition for the commercialization of the ISS and its low orbit region of space to the private sector.
The administration's decision to send astronauts back to the moon followed a unanimous recommendation to do so by the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence, in October 2017.
FILE - The SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule is pictured, March 3, 2019, about 20 meters (66 feet) from the International Space Station's Harmony module.
This will also enhance funding for new ventures like the first woman in space etc.
The space station has welcomed tourists before by way of Russian rockets.
For now, to understand how space can be commercialised, the space agency has commissioned 12 companies to study possibilities.
Furthermore, NASA is planning to open up commercial markets at ISS for an 'economy at low-Earth orbit'. So the idea is to let the private sector start using the station now and perhaps eventually take it over, he said. The US will be the second country after Russian Federation to encourage space tourists.
It is to be noted that the space station "ISS" does not exclusively belongs to NASA or the USA but by four other countries - Russia, the European Partner, Japan and Canada - who are owners of their respective parts of ISS.