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Summer Travel Plans?

NASA has you covered…

 

 

…space is open for business!

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What’s The News?

  • The Trip: NASA won’t fly you to the moon *yet* but you might be able to visit the International Space Station (ISS) by next year.
  • How It *Might* Work: Private companies could fly you to the ISS & reserve access for up to 30 days.
  • How much? TBD. One estimate: $50 MILLION per person. NASA says $35,000/night to use ISS.
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Why It Matters:

  • This is a change. NASA used to not allow any projects that didn’t focus on research or education. NASA wants “in” on the party, collaborating with companies to access the “new” economy.
  • Space is expensive. Private industry competition has raised the questions about whether taxpayers alone should finance U.S. space exploration.
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While NASA says it doesn't foresee this limited space travel (2 trips a year of a handful of people) making a profit for the agency, but the money could help it invest in other projects. And, if you want to wait, NASA says moon trips will come by 2024.

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