Astronauts climb into BEAM for the primary time

Astronauts climb into BEAM for the first time

Earlier, a few ISS crew members floated into BEAM to verify on its situation for the primary time ever. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka collected air samples and downloaded knowledge from the sensors contained in the expandable module. The duo stated that whereas it is fairly chilly inside, they did not discover any condensation — however you do not have to take their phrase for it. They captured the within of the module on digital camera, and you may see what it appears like within the video after the break.

Williams spent seven hours pumping air into BEAM in Might after the primary try and unfold the module ended up in failure. Now that it is arrange and prepared for testing, the ISS crew might check out its situation as much as sixty seven occasions a yr. BEAM or Bigelow Expandable Exercise Module is an experimental area habitat collectively developed by NASA and Bigelow Aerospace. It was shipped to the ISS folded to save lots of area aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and needed to be inflated to its full measurement. Bigelow Aerospace can also be working on a a lot greater expandable module that it hopes to ship to orbit by 2020.

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