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Nasa to open the International Space Station to tourists




  Private astronauts will be allowed up to 30 days of travel to the ISS Image copyright
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Private astronauts will be allowed up to 30 days of travel to the ISS

Nasa will allow tourists to visit the International Space Station by 2020.

The US spacecraft said it would open the path to tourism and other business ventures.

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gaten, assistant director of the ISS.

The first component of the ISS was launched in orbit in 1[ads1]998, and the station has been continuously occupied since November 2011.

"Nasa opens the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and markets these opportunities that we have never done before," said Finance Minister Jeff DeWit in New York.

Nasa announced that private astronauts would be allowed to travel to the ISS for up to 30 days. The tourists were traveling on US spacecraft.

It said a private commercial entity would be charged with deciding crew composition and make sure the private astronauts meet the requirements of medical and aerospace training.

The board recently announced that it plans to return to the moon by 2024, take the first woman there and the first person for decades.



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