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No More Space Tourists After 2009, Russia Says 105

mknewman writes with disappointing news for anyone with the money that it would have cost to fly as a space tourist, excerpting a story that says "Russia's space chief says there won't be any more tourists headed to the international space station after this year. Anatoly Perminov told the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta that there will be no room for paying tourists because the space station's crew is expanding from three members to six."
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No More Space Tourists After 2009, Russia Says

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  • I don't get it. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Futile Rhetoric ( 1105323 ) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @03:44PM (#26550567)

    This seems like a fantastic way to help funding the space programme, and Russia isn't exactly awash in cash. Seems stupid.

  • by rolfwind ( 528248 ) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @03:51PM (#26550671)

    That's why rogue nuclear weapons became a concern, as cash was king. There were many things Russia was doing to raise money - you could vacation there and for a few measly thousands of $$$, ride in their tanks, shoot many of their weapons, and what not. An adventurer's paradise.

    But, now, as Russia is flush with cash through oil/gas from pipelines to Europe and the rest of the world, I suppose those small time endeavors just aren't as attractive anymore. It's not even subsidizing it's oil to Ukraine any more after this year, as it used to give deep discounts to all it's countries behind the iron curtain.

  • TransHab (Score:4, Interesting)

    by camperdave ( 969942 ) on Wednesday January 21, 2009 @04:53PM (#26551731) Journal
    Anybody know what the status of those inflatable TransHab modules that were launched a while ago is? If they're running out of room on the ISS, maybe they could hook up a few of those.

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