Another step toward deep-space travel is evidenced by the start of a two-year evaluation of a human-rated, reinforced fabric prototype habitat. The dwelling would serve astronauts on future deep-space transits or encampments on planetary surfaces. Early on June 6, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams floated into the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), which is connected to the International Space Station’s (ISS) U.S. segment Tranquility module. Because the modest habitat was launched ...


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