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America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully inflated a new, experimental room crew members to use space. The inflatable pod is now an extension the International Space Station (ISS). It is roughly four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to fully inflate. ISS crew members now have to wait a week entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure it is airtight. The blow- compartment is part a test the feasibility inflatable accommodation the Moon and Mars, and orbiting space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million the demo capsule. It hopes this initial test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms the space station.

The inflatable is the world's first blow- capsule astronauts, cosmonauts and other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM short. It is named Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and built it. Company founder Robert Bigelow has spent many years investing and building hotels. He is currently working a project to build two private space stations that could serve as hotels the heavens the end the decade. He said he envisions inflatables as a big part space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to transport as compressed, airless units, but big enough and sturdy enough to live , once filled air.

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