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    The International Space Station (ISS) crew and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) experts are continuing work on inflating a new module at the ISS, NASA said Saturday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a tent-like dwelling attached to the International Space Station, failed to fully expand on Thursday and Friday.

    "@BigelowSpace’s Expandable Activity Module slowly expanding on @Space_Station," NASA tweeted after a video signal was lost with the ISS.

    ​It added that a live broadcast of the event would resume at 14:30 GMT.

    NASA wants to inflate the module to its full size in order to start a two-year test of whether the BEAM can protect astronauts from radiation and other space hazards. The module uses passive life support, which means it will get its heat and air from the space station.

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    Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), ISS, NASA
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