It sounds like the playtime dream of a kid: a bouncy castle in space! But this is no dream-the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is essentially just that. BEAM, as it's called, launched into space April 8, 2016. The module begins 7.75 feet tall by 5.7 feet wide, but it expands to 10.5 feet tall by 12 feet wide, the size of a small bedroom. It will mostly remain empty during its initial stay, but will hold astronauts four times per year while they measure conditions inside the space station.
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The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module is sort of like a bouncy castle that attached to the ISS inApril of 2016. 00:11
The BEAM will stay attached to the ISS for two years. 00:32
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