The International Space Station (ISS) is a hub to most ambitions experiments. It is where they study dark matter, manipulate nanoparticles of colloids (milk and paint), and find efficient ways of fuel consumption.
This time around, NASA will be deploying the world’s first inflatable space module on the ISS. Expandable habitats are designed to take up less room on a spacecraft, but provide greater volume for living and working in space once expanded. If all goes well, scientists will test how well it holds against the solar radiation, space debris, and extreme space temperatures.
Dubbed as BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module), the module will be deployed to its full size on Thursday 26th May. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams will lead Thursday’s operations to expand the module. The American space agency will broadcast the event beginning at 5:30 am EDT.
Update: The first attempt has failed. NASA will try again tomorrow.
— NASA (@NASA) May 26, 2016
After the module expansion, NASA will host a 10 a.m. media teleconference to discuss expansion operations and look ahead to next steps. The briefing will include Jason Crusan, NASA’s director of Advanced Exploration Systems, and Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace.