On June 25, Russia’s space agency Energia announced that it will take tourists at an ISS spacewalk in 2023 under the terms of a new contract with US partners. Energia has signed a contract with Space Adventures, which promises to take two space tourists to the International Space Station that year.
Energia is a part of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos.In an official press release, Roscosmos said, “A contract was signed for the implementation in 2023 of a short-term expedition of two space flight participants aboard the Soyuz MS to the Russian segment of the International Space Station.”
It added, “It is planned that during the expedition, one of the spaceflight participants, together with a professional Russian astronaut, will go into outer space from the Russian segment of the station.”
Meanwhile, Energia said in a statement that “We plan that one of the participants of the expedition will do a space walk from the Russian segment, together with a professional Russian cosmonaut.”
The announcement comes days after NASA signed a deal with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism company to promote private missions to the station after a special training program in the US. Last month, Elon Musk’s SpaceX took an initiative to bring astronauts to the station on a reusable Crew Dragon spacecraft.