Russian rocket ride: $63 million per US astronaut

Russian rocket ride: $63 million per US astronaut
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 4:09pm

The Russians are hiking the price of rocket rides again for
U.S. astronauts - to nearly $63 million. The price goes up
in 2014 for an astronaut to fly to and from the International
Space Station on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA
announced the news Monday. The previous contract charged
just under $56 million apiece the contract extension with the
Russian Space Agency totals $753 million. That covers trips
for a dozen astronauts from 2014 through 2016.

NASA officials say inflation is the reason for the latest price

NASA chief Charles Bolden says it's critical for U.S. companies
to take over this transportation job. Space shuttles used to do
that job. They're being retired this summer

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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