Next year, America will do the same, with NASA using a partnership with a company called Axiom Space to make money off tourists. In February 2022, four civilians, commanded by former NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría, will fly the Axiom banner to the ISS using a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule and will stay up there for eight days.
In the fall of next year or in early 2023, the second Axiom mission, complete with scientific research and outreach activities, will take off, having just been cleared by NASA, this time for a 14-day stay on the station.
Known as Ax-2, the mission will be flown, probably also on a SpaceX machine, by John Shoffner, a 63-years old American who’s made a name for himself in racing, especially at the Nurburgring 24 Hours, but also in the VLN series.
We’re not entirely sure how the Russian did things with their film crew, but NASA pledges “proposed crew members would undergo NASA medical qualification testing to be approved for flight, […] as is standard for any space station crew.”
It’s unclear at this point if Tom Cruise will finally be on the list of people going to the International Space Station, after he was left out of the selection for the first crew.