Russian Space Agency Roskosmos has entered into an agreement with space travel company USA Space Adventures, in order to fly two passengers to the International Space Station in 2021. And unlike past cosmic tourists, these two passengers will fly together.
Roscosmos officials announced on Tuesday (February 19th) that their agency signed a space adventure contract to fly a pair of tourists (called "space flight attendants") on a single Soyuz ship for a short-term trip to a space station. The astronaut, apparently, will fill the third place in an alliance of three, although Roscosmos officials did not understand this.
The mission will become the first tourist flight to the station 1
Space adventures have helped fly a number of wealthy tourists to the International Space Station for the past 18 years. All flights had price tags of tens of millions of dollars. The company also organizes weightless flights, launch trips and other space events.
In photographs: The first space tourists of the world
The first space flight was launched at the station of American millionaire Dennis Tito. The 2001 week for a reported $ 20 million. South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth began work in 2002, spending 8 days in orbit at about the same price.
In 2005, American businessman Greg Olsen visited the station for $ 20 million for a nine-day flight. Enoush Anousheh Ansari became the first female space traveler to visit the station in 2006. She did not spend 12 days in space at an unknown price
In 2007, Microsoft co-founder Charles Simon joined the space tourism club for the first time. He is reportedly paid $ 25 million for a 13-day trip. Simone liked it, he did it the second time. Simone returned to the International Space Station in 2009, this time paying $ 35 million for the flight. He even bought a capsule "Soyuz" from this mission and presented it to the museum.
Computer game developer Richard Garriot visited the Space Station in 2008 between the flights of Simon. Garioott, son of the NASA astronaut Owen Harriot, became the first American second-generation astronaut who was flying in space. He said he paid $ 30 million for his 12-day flight.
This brings us to Lalibert, who spent 11 days in space on his flight.
Roskosmos did not detail the persons who can fly on the "Union" flight in 2021 or how much it costs in one place. Space adventures also did not share any details about the flight.
"Over the past 18 years, our partnership has given non-professionals the opportunity to experience life in space." Our customers spent about three months in space in total, and traveled more than 36 million kilometers, "Eric Anderson, General Director of Space Adventures said in a statement. We look forward to continuing to work with Roskosmos in an effort to open up space for all. "
Editor's Note: This story was updated at 7:28 pm EST to include comments from Space Adventures.
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