"STS-135 final flyaround of ISS" by NASA / Public Domain

Want to Buy a Ticket to the Space Station? NASA Says Soon You Can

Jun 7, 2019

By Kenneth Chang

Becoming a NASA astronaut is far harder than getting into Harvard — of the thousands of hopeful spacewalkers who apply, NASA accepts only a handful.

But now ordinary people — at least those with tens of millions of dollars to spend — can go to space.

NASA announced on Friday that for the first time it is allowing private citizens to visit the International Space Station, the only place where people currently live off the planet.

Friday’s announcement was one of several new policies designed to allow companies to take advantage of the space station for more commercial activities, something that NASA has often frowned on in the past.

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