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NASA inflatable space habitat fails first test

NASA’s first test of an inflatable module for the International Space Station (ISS) failed this morning, NPR reports. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, a new prototype for living quarters in space, was meant to serve as an extra room on the ISS for the next 2 years. The nearly 4-meter-long capsule, which is about 2 meters  long before it is inflated, has the advantage of being lightweight and compact when shipped, which would make it easier to transport future space habitats for astronauts. NASA plans to run a second test as soon as tomorrow, when engineers are hoping it will puff up as demonstrated in this NASA animation

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