New directive regarding private space flights NASA issued, noting that they will be done by retired astronauts. The purpose of this movement is to increase passenger safety.
According to NASA, the new change was a result of “lessons learned” during Axiom Space’s first private mission to the ISS, where each passenger paid $55 million to be there. The two-week stay affected the work of both the ISS crew and the Axiom crew.
Today there are more than 200 pensioners alive astronauts of NASA, but it is not known how many of them are physically fit or want to be commanders on future missions. In fact, a recent report from NASA reveals that the shortage of astronauts in the service may complicate the situation of future missions to the ISS and the Moon. For the record, NASA’s current astronaut corps consists of 44 astronauts, the smallest number since the 1970s.
Source: News Beast