If you really want to get away from it all, there is now a future vacation place that can let you escape the problems on Earth.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced that the International Space Station will be opened to tourists, including affluent adventurers, marketers, camera crews and people engaged in various money-making activities.
So if you’ve stashed away more than $50 million in your piggy bank, you can begin planning a trip to the ISS and a stay for as long as a month.
NASA said that the room rate will be about $35,000 a night, covering life support, food, medical supplies, a bed to sleep in and other items.
But getting there and back will take many millions of additional dollars.
The trips will be arranged by private companies.
Both Boeing Co. and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp, or SpaceX, designed the seating capacity of their commercial capsules — primarily intended to transport astronauts — with the idea of potentially taking a limited number of private travelers on select trips.
Those U.S. spacecraft are undergoing testing and aren’t expected to be ready for routine transportation until next year, at the earliest.
The tourist plan is designed to provide NASA with more sorely needed money, while it works on sending men and women to the moon.
A “mission,” lasting no more than 30 days, will reportedly cost more than $50 million.
For organizations planning extraordinary programs, astronauts will be available for commercial work and will be able to use their technology to execute the projects — whether it’s a film shoot, an advertisement, or perhaps the world’s most expensive birthday party.
Eventually, NASA suggests, the ISS will merely be an outpost en route to a series of “gateways” floating near the moon and later Mars, and they plan to make one port of the ISS available to private companies for commercial purposes, hoping to trigger the creation of dozens of “private space stations” in low-Earth orbit.
NASA’s attempt to formulate a plan to return to the moon in 2024 without selling itself to the highest bidder crashed and burned last month, forcing the resignation of project special assistant Mark Sirangelo, after Congress declined to supply the agency with the funds it would have needed to reach the moon.
With NASA’s announcement opening the ISS to people other than astronauts, the agency trained a spotlight on an element of a new plan bound to resonate with space fans and average citizens who have dreamed of looking at earth from beyond the atmosphere.
Furthermore, if the office calls demanding that the individual report back to the company by dawn tomorrow, he or she will have a perfectly good reason why they can’t return that soon.