"Russia will charge U.S. astronauts $51 million per return trip to the International Space Station (ISS) from 2012 and will resume selling seats to space tourists, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
NASA needs to use the Russian Soyuz capsule because its own Space Shuttle will be retired next year after nearly 3 decades in service and a replacement is not due until 2014 at the earliest."
Editor's note: At first tourists were being charged $20 million and then more recently $35 million. For US astronauts who are trained, well they'll have the privilege of NASA paying $51 million from 2012. That's about a 46% increase from the current tourist cost and in just three years. I wonder what the profit margin is?