Moscow. The next year, two tourists will fly to the International Space Station – and be able to enjoy the view of the earth from a height of 400 kilometers. The start is planned for the end of 2021.
This was announced by the Russian space agency Roskosmos on Sunday night. An exact date was not given. The two space tourists will therefore take off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan. Their names should be announced early next year, Roskosmos wrote in the short message service Twitter.
To this end, the space agency had signed a contract with the US company Space Adventures, which specializes in space tourism. According to Roskosmos, it is negotiating with other American companies to send tourists to mankind’s outpost about 400 kilometers above the earth. How expensive such an excursion will be has not been said.
Such trips to the ISS have existed since 2001. The first of seven space tourists to date was the American multimillionaire Dennis Tito. The US space agency Nasa also wants to accommodate tourists on the ISS. For the adventure, you have to dig deep into your pocket: According to Nasa, the costs are around $ 35,000 (almost 31,000 euros) – per day and without arrival and departure. Transportation costs are estimated to be an extra $ 50 million.
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