New York: NASA said Friday it will open up the International Space Station for tourism and other business ventures as of next year, as it seeks to financially disengage from the orbiting research lab. Also Read - NASA Rules: Elon Musk After SpaceX Wins $2.9 Billion Contract to Build Moon Lander

“NASA is opening the International Space Station to commercial opportunities and marketing these opportunities as we’ve never done before,” NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit said in New York. Also Read - Two Confess to Murdering a Man After Police Tell Them ‘Crime Was Caught on NASA Cameras’

There will be up to two short private astronaut missions per year, said Robyn Gatens, deputy director of the ISS. Also Read - NASA Delays First Flight of Mars Helicopter to April 14