The first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, the Russian space corporation Energia said. The venture is set for 2023.
"RSC Energia and US company Space Adventures Inc. have signed a contract to implement a short expedition for two spaceflight participants to the Russian segment of the International Space Station in 2023, on board a Soyuz-MS", Energia said in a statement.
During this expedition, "one of the spaceflight’s participants will perform an outer space walk with a professional Russian cosmonaut".celebrate New Year's in orbit.
According to Roscosmos, the agency has already started customising the Soyuz spaceship for tourist trips so that one person could pilot it rather than a three-person crew. The ship is being built in partnership with US space tourism company Space Adventures.