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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:14 PM

Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room

Space station to get $18 million balloon-like room
Posted: Jan 16, 2013 4:54 PM CST Updated: Jan 16, 2013 4:54 PM CST
By HANNAH DREIER
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) - NASA is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

A $17.8 million test project will send an inflatable room that can be compressed for delivery into a 7-foot tube to the International Space Station, officials said Wednesday during a news conference at North Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace.

If the module proves durable during two years at the space station, it could help lead to habitats on the moon and missions to Mars, NASA engineer Glen Miller said.

The agency chose Bigelow for the contract because it was the only company working on the inflatable technology, said NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:19 PM

1. Cool!

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:37 PM

2. Until the North Koreans launch a giant pin. n/t

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:49 AM

4. haha made me chuckle thanks, n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:06 PM

3. At first glance I thought I read ballroom and said to myself, why can't they just

 

dance on the ceiling? It's 0g thing.

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