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If successful Axiom will be the first commercial space station.

The travel industry is extending to low earth orbit, thanks in part to Houston-based Axiom Space, which aims to fly paying customers for stays of up to eight days aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The company also recently inked deals with NASA to build up to four new ISS modules, with the first launching as early as 2024. Before the ISS is retired in 2030, Axiom’s modules will separate, becoming their own private station.

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