Next year, two tourists are expected to fly to the International Space Station again. The Russian space agency Roskosmos announced on the night of Sunday that the launch was scheduled for the end of 2021.
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 (just under € 31,000) – per day and without arrival and departure. Transportation costs are estimated to be an extra $ 50 million.
- Raketenstart_Baikonur: © Roskosmos