IN SPACE - MAY 29: In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), back dropped by planet Earth the International Space Station (ISS) is seen from NASA space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation May 29, 2011 in space. After 20 years, 25 missions and more than 115 million miles in space, NASA space shuttle Endeavour is on the last leg of its final flight to the International Space Station before being retired and donated to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Capt. Mark E. Kelly, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-AZ) husband, has lead mission STS-134 as it delivered the Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-2) to the International Space Station. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
NASA is going AirBNB… Sort of…
The US space agency announced Friday that it plans to open up the International Space Station to commercial business and tourism.
That includes the possibility of a space hotel aboard the ISS, but NASA wouldn’t be booking you directly.
According to the New York Times, private companies would spend an estimated $35,000 per night, which covers sleeping in crew quarters, oxygen, food, water, and toilets, as well as an internet connection.
That’s just at-cost, so before any markups to budding space tourists. Oh, and that’s also before rocketship transportation to and from the ISS.
So all in, we’re looking at estimates of $50 million per person, per trip. So unless you’re already a mogul, or plan on winning the lottery in the near future, this vacation may not be for you.