International Space Station: Russia Wants to Send You on Holiday to Space

Forget the Bahamas—your next holiday destination could be infinitely more exotic. Russian space company Energia wants to take tourists on a 10-day trip to the International Space Station.

“We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks,” Vladimir Solntsev, the head of the company, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

2_2_Spacewalk Mark Vande Hei takes a selfie on a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station on January 23. You too could one day be taking pictures in space if Russian company Energia gets its way. Mark Vande Hei/NASA

Energia was behind the technology that took the first human into outer space. Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin blasted off on April 12, 1961, in a Vostok spacecraft. The cosy ship was nicknamed “little sphere,” with a diameter of only seven and a half feet.

A “comfortable” flight

Tourists can expect a little more luxury on their journey into space. Energia is building a module named NEM-2 that will have cabins for up to six people, with two toilets and even an internet connection. According to Energia’s website, delicacies will be served for every meal.

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"It will be comfortable, as much as that is possible in space," Solntsev said.

When visitors arrive at the International Space Station, they will be able to go on a spacewalk and even film the incredible view from space.

Expensive taste

This dream vacation won’t come cheap. A ticket will cost about $100 million—but Solntsev thinks people will be willing to pay the price. He said: "Market analysts have confirmed this: wealthy people are ready to pay money for this.”

The first customer in line may even get a discount, he added.

Space tourism is a burgeoning new market. In 2016, for example, Virgin Galactic revealed its SpaceShipTwo craft.

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According to Solntsev, multinational aircraft company Boeing has expressed interested in participating in the Russian project.

With hopes to launch the craft soon, you have about a year to save those precious pennies. Solntsev predicts the first journey will take off in 2019.

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