NASA Wants to Book a Seat on a Short Private Mission to the Space Station
The orbital jaunt would last just 15 to 30 days.
NASA wants to open the International Space Station up to more commercial activity.(Image: © NASA)
NASA is interested in expanding its astronauts’ options in low-Earth orbit.
The space agency just announced that it’s looking to book a seat aboard a privately organized mission to the International Space Station (ISS) sometime in the next five years. And this mission would be brief, lasting just 15 to 30 days rather than six months, which is the current norm for crewmembers on the orbiting lab.
NASA has already executed a yearlong ISS mission, articulated a desire to do many more such long-term jaunts, and extended several other astronauts’ stays in orbit on a more informal basis. Mounting short-term missions as well makes a lot of sense, agency officials said.