Fancy a photography field trip to the ISS? No problem, that’ll be $60 million, please

Jun 8, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Fancy a photography field trip to the ISS? No problem, that’ll be $60 million, please

Jun 8, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Do you admire breathtaking images of the Earth from space? Would you like to take photos like that with your own camera? Well, now you can, as NASA is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for tourists. For the mere $60 million, you also can go up there and who knows, perhaps shoot another iconic photo of our home planet.

NASA has announced that the first mission is set to start as early as 2020. The space agency is making the ISS available to business ventures and private astronaut missions lasting up to 30 days. “If supported by the market, the agency can accommodate up to two short-duration private astronaut missions per year,” NASA writes. But as I mentioned, it won’t come cheap.

According to the New York Times, the stay at the ISS will cost one passenger roughly $35,000 per night. This will include sleeping in the station’s beds and using its amenities, “including air, water, the internet and the toilet.” But just like with any other travel, you don’t only pay for the stay, right? Transportation is also a part of the cost, and BBC estimates that it will cost around $60 million per flight. According to the same source, NASA has hired two companies to handle transportation. One is SpaceX, which will use its Dragon capsule, and the other one’s Boeing, which is building a spacecraft called the Starliner.

Other than millions of dollars, do you need anything else for the trip? Yes, you do. It’s a space journey after all, so you need to be fit and healthy like a real astronaut. NASA writes that private astronauts should “meet NASA’s medical standards and the training and certification procedures for International Space Station crew members.”

Let’s say you have the $60 million and that you’re in perfect shape? Well, get your cash ready, charge your camera batteries and get up there. Just don’t forget your memory cards!

[via Gizmodo, NASA; image credits: NASA]

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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8 responses to “Fancy a photography field trip to the ISS? No problem, that’ll be $60 million, please”

  1. Tim Mecalis Avatar
    Tim Mecalis

    Get there and figure out you forgot you memory cards at home.

    1. Adrian Duron Avatar
      Adrian Duron

      Tim Mecalis funny not funny?

  2. R Christian Anderson Avatar
    R Christian Anderson

    You could by your own luxury hotel for that! ?

  3. Joana Saramago Avatar
    Joana Saramago

    Vasco Pinheiro podes começar a poupar

  4. Martin Maura Avatar
    Martin Maura

    And then sell the photos for $0.25 each

    1. Joseph Arseneau Avatar
      Joseph Arseneau

      Truth be told, I’m up to the $0.33 level.

    2. Martin Maura Avatar
      Martin Maura

      Joseph Arseneau Haha… Lucky you.

  5. Adrian Duron Avatar
    Adrian Duron

    Do they serve a meal for the trip, or just a bag of almonds?