Space tourism soon to be as affordable as an exotic vacation – VIDEO

NATIONAL — Space tourism will become increasingly affordable in the coming years as an unprecedented amount of capital gets channeled towards the sector, according to a former NASA astronaut.

“In a decade or two, going to space will be like going on an exotic vacation to Antarctica,” said Don Thomas, who has traveled on four space shuttle missions during his 20-year career at NASA.

A look at accredited tour agencies such as G Adventures reveals prices to Antarctica start from $5,699 for an 11-day journey, excluding air fare.

“As more companies enter the space tourism business and as we develop new technologies, prices will come down,” added Thomas, who is currently a physics professor at Towsen University.

That process is already underway.  Read more of this story from CNBC by .

Video courtesy of CNBC. Photo courtesy of NASA.

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