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Astronauts Get First Look Inside Space Station's New Inflatable Module

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station on Monday floated inside an experimental inflatable module that will test a less expensive and potentially safer option for housing crews during long stays in space, NASA said. Station flight engineers Jeff Williams and Oleg Skripochka opened the hatch to the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, at 4:47 a.m. EDT (0847 GMT) Monday. Designed and built by privately-owned Bigelow Aerospace, BEAM is the first inflatable habitat to be...

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