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NASA to start sending tourists to the International Space Station

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced it will allow tourists to travel to the International Space Station for the first time ever.

The new directive will allow commercial access to the ISS for marketing, business, and space tourism purposes.

Private astronauts will have the opportunity to spend up to 30 days in low-Earth orbit.

The announcement comes as NASA announced plans to send the first woman on the moon and to put a man back on the moon by 2024.

“Transitioning toward this new model of business is an important step to allow Nasa to move full speed ahead in landing the first woman and the next man on the moon.”

The trip won’t come cheap, however.

The US government will foot the bill for the costs to the space station, including $11,250 (€9,900) a day for life support and toilets, and $22,500 (€19,800) a day for food, air, and medical supplies but private astronauts will be required to reimburse them.

Visitors will also have to pay a private company to get to the space station, and those tickets are will probably cost millions.

This is not the first time the concept of space tourism has been planned.

Entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson and Elon Musk have both invested heavily in their own private space programmes.

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