These are the space taxis of the future selected by NASA

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Round-trip travel to the International Space Station currently costs NASA $70 million per astronaut.

By the end of 2017, it will be “taxis” from the private companies Boeing and SpaceX that will take NASA astronauts into space.

The US space agency has just signed a contract with these private companies worth US$6.8 billion to help finish construction of the new spacecraft, which is to house a team of seven astronauts.

Ever since NASA unveiled its spacecraft program in 2011, Americans have relied on Russia and its Soyuz vehicles for travel to the International Space Station (ISS).

But disagreements with the Moscow government over recent events in Ukraine have given an increasingly bitter taste to existing agreements on the use of the Soyuz by the United States.