Russia’s Roscosmos to ship 2 house vacationers to ISS in 2021

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Roscosmos is partnering with a US agency to ship two house vacationers to the International Space Station (ISS) subsequent yr, the Russian house company has introduced.

The names of the 2 people are promised to be disclosed someday within the first few months of 2021.

The launch might be carried out in partnership with US-based Space Adventures and is scheduled to happen late subsequent yr. Roscosmos signed a contract with the US firm in February 2019, agreeing to ship two vacationers into house by 2022. 

The Russian company has already begun work on a Soyuz-MS spacecraft and a Soyuz-2 service missile for the deliberate house journey. The vacationers are overlaying all bills associated to the flight, Roscosmos mentioned.

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The two fortunate (and presumably very rich) vacationers gained’t be the primary vacationers to have the honour of visiting the ISS, nonetheless. Roscosmos and Space Adventures partnered in 2001 to ship the world’s first house vacationer, Dennis Tito, to the ISS. The voyage reportedly value Tito $20 million. 

Russia quickly halted vacationer flights to house in 2009, after ISS crews grew in measurement and there have been now not further seats for civilian adventurers. British soprano Sarah Brightman was scheduled to make the journey in 2015, however she canceled earlier than the launch befell.

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