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Russia to Start Offering Spacewalks for Tourists

Web-Desk (February 1, 2018): Russia is planning to send paying tourists on the International Space Station out on spacewalks for the first time, an official from the country’s space industry said on Thursday.

“We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks,” Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, told Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.Space tourism is a developing sector currently dominated by Western companies, such as the US-based Virgin Galactic, which unveiled its commercial Space Ship Two in 2016.

Russia sent Canadian founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, into space in 2009. The billionaire spent two weeks on the ISS.

Iranian-American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari became the first female space tourist in 2006. (News Agencies)

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