Transcript for NASA announces plans to let tourists visit International Space Station
You can now be a regular Joe with big dreams and some big bucks. Astronauts, welcome to space. Reporter: A vacation to outer space might sound like something straight out of a sci-fi movie. You're next. Reporter: But now if you have big dreams and deep pockets nasa could make it a reality announcing plans that tourists can visit the international space station as soon as next year, but the cost, well, that's out of this world. Houston, we have a problem. Reporter: The sky high price estimated at $58 million just to get you there and back, plus -- It'll be roughly about $35,000 a night per astronaut, but it won't come with any Hilton or Marriott points. Reporter: In the midst of a new space race where private sector billionaires like Elon Musk, Jeff bezos and Richard Branson are developing technology for space tourism, nasa now joining in. The commercialization of low Earth orbit will enable nasa to focus resources to land the next man and woman on the moon by 2024 and creating a sustainable lunar presence to prepare for future missions to Mars. Reporter: Nasa saying they plan to use shuttles built by musk's spacex and Boeing to get private astronauts up to the station. Former nasa astronaut Mike Massimino says if you have the money, it would be worth every penny. I can't imagine anything more engaging, interesting, exciting, wonderful to do than fly in space. Yeah, sounds nice but like who has that kind of coin? Well, we should point out that private citizens have traveled to the international space station before in the 2000s organized and paid for by the Russians so this would be a first for the U.S. And for nasa. And, Dan, with your new book deal, you could afford to take us all now. Yeah. Or was that Dan Abrams? Yeah, it was probably Dan Abrams. Ah. It's okay. We still love you. I'll take a couple of you guys to space. Just not whit. Free is my favorite price,
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