It is to be noted that the space station "ISS" does not exclusively belongs to NASA or the USA but by four other countries - Russia, the European Partner, Japan and Canada - who are owners of their respective parts of ISS.
The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, November 4, 2018. The policy also, for the first time, includes prices for use of USA government resources to pursue commercial and marketing activities aboard the station. "So [this is] just to defray some of our expenses, which we then can use to go further into space and get to Mars".
Right now, commercial activity is limited to science experiments.
NASA announced on Friday (Saturday in Manila) that the orbiting outpost is now open for business to private citizens, with the first visit expected to be as early as next year.
Unfortunately, the stay won't come with any Hilton or Marriott points, DeWit joked.
A private mission on the International Space Station will cost a minimum of about $35,000 per night.
Big picture, space B&B really is just a first step in what NASA calls the "unleashing United States industry on the path to a commercial economy in low-Earth orbit" (LEO, defined as up to 2,000km above the Earth's surface). "It will cost around $ 35,000 per night, per astronaut", remarked Jeff DeWit.
This week the nonpartisan Reason Foundation released a report that found that it would be cost efficient for NASA to rely on the private sector for space transportation, large payload launch vehicles and launch operations, in-space facilities and more.
To improve the efficacy of the agency's plan, NASA is asking for feedback from interested vendors and others via a request for information, with responses due by July 3.
The move is part of a broader push by the Trump administration to end government funding for the ISS, and allow commercial enterprise to fund what is now astronauts' home in space.
The first ever space hotel is meant to open in 2021 on the Aurora Space Station.