By 2019, Russia To Have A New Frontier For Space Tourists: Spacewalks!

| February 2 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

The dream to travel into space is one nearly all children share, wherever they may be located in the world, as they grow up staring at the sky. Although very few people become successful astronauts and get a chance to go into space in a professional capacity, space tourism has provided a chance for anyone to go to space as a tourist (if they can afford it!).

The very first space tourist was US national Dennis Tito who went in 2001, at a cost of $20 million. Since then, only 6 others have gone into space, but it may be possible that Russia's plans to launch spacewalks for the very first time will draw more fans.

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Russian space company Energia, that was behind the launch of the first man in space in 1961, is currently working on a new module through which paying tourists on the International Space Stations would be able to take out spacewalks, an official from the company said on Thursday.

"We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks," Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, said.

"Market analysts have confirmed this: wealthy people are ready to pay money for this," Solntsev said, revealing that the cost of the trip would be $100 million or "possibly less for the first tourist".

The new module for tourist use called NEM-2 is expected to be launched in 2019 and will be able to accommodate 4-6 people fitted with comfortable cabins, two toilets and internet access. The module would then transport the tourists to the International Space Station (ISS).

"Basically it will be comfortable, as much as that is possible in space," the space official said.