Space is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting destinations for tourism. NASA has announced in a statement during last week that has plans to make the International Space Station a space tourism attraction. The US space agency has stated that it developed a project to allow tourists to visit the space station for a maximum of thirty days at a time.
This inverts the agency’s historical position on space tourism on board the world’s only space station located on low Earth orbit. Cargo transporting space tourists could commence as early as 2020, in concordance to people’s interest and availability from NASA’s two possible launch providers: SpaceX and Boeing. Neither of these renown companies has yet launched astronauts from American soil, but both are scheduled to do so by next year.
The International Space Station will welcome tourists starting with 2020, according to NASA
SpaceX and Boeing as well have had permission to transport non-astronauts to space for space tourism, but there were no official measures which enabled these tourists to spend time on board of the International Space Station. Before take off, possible space tourists will spend time training for space life in microgravity just like all the astronauts do.
Both SpaceX and Boeing can transport up to seven people, even though NASA has only engaged to reserving a maximum of four seats on any given take off, leaving three spots available for space tourists. Robyn Gatens, NASA’s ISS Deputy Director, said that the agency would be enabling up to two commercial flights with private astronauts per year.
NASA’s Chief Financial Officer Jim DeWitt stated that the cost of life support and other facilities, such as toilet is about $11,250 per day, and food, air, medical, and fitness resources have an additional cost of $22,500. This totals approximately $33,750 per day. Besides, space tourists will have to support the value of the takeoff itself on either Boeing or SpaceX. In short, space tourism would be costly, at least in its first years.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.