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The space station serves as an orbiting observatory. Expedition 11 NASA Science Officer John Phillips captured this photo of the eye of Hurricane Emily on July 17, 2005, as the storm churned in the Caribbean Sea east of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Some of the funds for the maintenance of the space station is provided through travel adventures for private individuals. A Japanese agency will charge about $20 million a head for a weeklong tour. Greg Olsen, who is currently training and scheduled to go into orbit in October from Space Adventures, says a moon flight is intriguing to him.