NASA has entered into an agreement with the US private space company Axiom Space to carry out the first private commercial trip to the International Space Station, NASA reported.

The first space tourist will be sent as part of the Axiom Mission 1 (AX-1) mission, which is scheduled to start no earlier than January 2022 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will last eight days, excluding departure and return.

“The first private crew to visit the International Space Station is a watershed moment in humanity’s expansion off the planet and we are glad to partner with NASA in making it happen,” said Axiom President and CEO Michael Suffredini.

In March 2020, Axiom Space agreed with SpaceX to deliver three space tourists to the ISS. One day of the mission (which in general will last for 10 days) will cost each of the tourists $35,000, including food, space on the ISS, and communications.

In January 2021, Axiom Space released a list of the first three tourists to fly the Crew Dragon to the International Space Station. They signed a contract with the company in November 2020.

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One day of the mission will cost each of the tourists $35 thousand. That is, all three participants of the flight will pay the company $840 thousand.

In addition to former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, who will lead the mission (that is, he will not take part in it as a tourist), investors from the United States and Canada, Larry Connor and Mark Pathy, as well as Israeli businessman Eytan Stibbe, will fly into space.