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Roskosmos supports space tourism

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by Staff Writers
Moscow, April 12, 2008
The Russian Federal Space Agency supports space tourism as long as the activity doesn't interfere with its operations, an agency official said.

Vitaly Davydov deputy head of the agency, called Roskosmos, said if space tourists on board Russia's Suyoz spacecraft do not interfere with the International Space Station, he has no opposition, ITAR-TASS reported Saturday.

Currently, anyone wanting to take a trip into outer space must pay millions of dollars for the honor then complete required training at the Cosmonaut Training Center.

The costs associated with the trip do not include the actual cost of the Soyuz craft and would-be space travelers are encouraged to pool their money to buy a space vehicle, ITAR-TASS said.

Each of the Russian spacecrafts can hold three people with one seat automatically reserved for a pilot. Additional spacecraft can be constructed in Russia for a fee to allow additional tourists into space, the Russian news agency said.

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Russia Could Stop Tourist Flights To ISS From 2010
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 11, 2008
Space tourist flights to the International Space Station could be stopped from 2010 due to a planned increase in crew numbers on the station, the head of the Russian space agency said Friday.

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