NASA opens space station to private astronaut missions


For grownups who dreamed as kids of becoming astronauts — but who didn’t quite make it past space camp — you may have another chance.

NASA is proposing launching private astronaut missions at the International Space Station as early as 2020, the agency announced Friday.

As part of its directive to open the station for commercial use, the US space agency will support up to two private astronaut missions to the space station each year. The missions can be up to 30 days each.

The private astronauts will take a NASA-approved commercial space vehicle to the space station, and they will conduct commercial and marketing work on the station or in work spaces attached to the station, according to NASA’s press release.

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