NASA has officially announced that it will be laying out plans to open the International Space Station for commercial activities, including space tourism. However, NASA estimates that a trip would cost a private astronaut $58 million. It would cost an additional estimated $35,000 charges for each day spent there.\r\n\r\nAs a result, two tourists visiting the Space Station could begin visits of up to 30 days as soon as the year 2020. Super exciting! This new tourism addition is slated to help shift focus on its resources beyond low-Earth orbit (where the Space Station is located).\r\nThe International Space Station for tourism vs. for science\r\n\r\n\r\nThe International Space Station has served as a hub for scientific and commercial research. Expanded commercialization has been discussed for years. As a result, now they're finally making progress in making that happen! Marco Caceres, senior space analyst at market research firm Teal Group, talks about the change in the program's focus.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s no longer just for science and research. You\u2019re allowing ventures to come in and use that space for profit, for making money. That\u2019s not a small thing.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNASA says that companies that wish to conduct commercial\/marketing work on the ISS must meet at least one of three requirements. That the work requires the \u201cunique microgravity environment\u201d aboard for production of some commercial application. That it is connected to a NASA mission. Or that it supports the development of a \u201csustainable\u201d economy in low-Earth orbit.\r\n\r\nIn conclusion, NASA also says that they will allocate about 5% of its resources on the station to accommodate the commercial activities.\r\n\r\n\r\nRecruiting potential companies\r\nWith the commercialization process comes the idea of cost and company interest. Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA\u2019s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, says, \u201cEventually, the space station we have \u2026 will wear out. The physical hardware won\u2019t be able to be maintained. It\u2019ll become cost-prohibitive for us to keep it operating.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith the idea that the station could fizzle out, it could reflect negatively on the ISS's ability to recruit for commercial opportunities.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNASA Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWit adds, \u201cThis is not going to be a profit-making venture for NASA at all."\r\n\r\nWe hope that NASA will be able to keep this idea afloat and recruit companies for commercialization. What a cool thing this would be!\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/youtu.be\/oLrOnEmy_GA\r\nAre you into all things space like we are?\r\nCheck out the story from when NASA's InSight Lander captured the first-ever photo from Mars! What an amazing moment.