An astronaut just deployed the Space Station's first inflatable habitat

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The International Space Station has a brand new astronaut hangout. 

On Saturday, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams, with the help of mission controllers, expanded the new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a 13-foot-long by 10.5-foot-wide room now attached to the outside of the Space Station.

Bigelow Aerospace — founded by hotel magnate turned spaceflight entrepreneur Robert Bigelow — hopes to one day create modules and even full space stations for paying customers who want a presence in orbit around Earth.

The astronauts and cosmonauts of the Space Station won’t be able to check out their sweet new digs quite yet. They should be allowed to enter the BEAM sometime in early June after mission controllers check for any possible leaks or problems with the module for the next week or so. Read more…

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An astronaut just deployed the Space Station’s first inflatable habitat
An astronaut just deployed the Space Station’s first inflatable habitat



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