SpaceBNB? International Space Station readies for tourism at astronomical price

Soon, you may be able to boldly go where few have gone before…but at a steep price.

Children, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, often repeat the same few professions:  Police officer, firefighter, veterinarian, cowboy, or astronaut.  These professions all seem to carry with them an allure in youthful minds.  They are exciting, helpful, and adventurous; all characteristics that we hope to retain as we move into adulthood.

Only those with the utmost fortitude will find themselves in these careers, however.  The world needs ditch diggers and online political writers too, no matter how obsessed they were with the idea of saving dogs and cats as a young man.

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Of these dream jobs, becoming an astronaut is far and away the most daunting and unlikely, especially given the recent retrograde of the space industry.

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But now, thanks to an ingenious campaign by NASA and the International Space Station, those of us who dreamed of sleeping among the stars may still get our shot.

Nasa will allow tourists to live inside the International Space Station.

The space agency plans to open the floating lab up to private astronauts as well as commercial companies, it said. That could include film crews, for instance, who could be allowed to make ads or whole films in space.

The first space tourists could head up to the ISS in 2020, Nasa said.

The trips won’t be cheap, however.

Additionally, using the space station’s facilities will be incredibly expensive. It’ll cost $11,250 per astronaut per day to use the life support systems and toilet and $22,500 per day for all necessary crew supplies, like food, air, medical supplies, and more. Even power will cost $42 per kilowatt-hour. Ultimately, one night’s stay would be about $35,000 for one person, according to Jeff DeWit, NASA’s chief financial officer. “But it won’t come with any Hilton or Marriott points,” DeWit joked at today’s announcement.

Someone had better tell the kids to start saving up.

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