Watch the Space Station’s first inflatable habitat grow in new NASA time-lapse
Over the weekend, we told you about NASA’s new expandable International Space Station habitat, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a 13-foot-long by 10.5-foot-wide room now attached to the outside of the Space Station.
On Sunday, NASA shared the above time-lapse video, which shows the full expansion of the BEAM. The entire process took about seven hours to complete, which involved NASA astronaut Jeff Williams opening a valve to eight air tanks a total of 25 times.
The module was delivered to the ISS in April via SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and was finally fully expanded on Saturday. Once crew on the ground give the OK after checking for any leaks or other issues, likely sometime in June, astronauts aboard the ISS will be able to enter the BEAM and check out their new inflatable digs. Read more…