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Planetary RadioMarch 31, 2015

Robert Bigelow and His Expandable Space Habs

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Robert Bigelow
Robert Bigelow

Founder and CEO, Bigelow Aerospace

Bigelow Aerospace’s BEAM expandable/inflatable space module will be attached to the International Space Station later this year. Mat travels to the company’s headquarters for a conversation with founder and CEO Robert Bigelow. Bill Nye is headed to the all-star Humans Orbiting Mars workshop in Washington DC. Share Emily Lakdawalla’s excitement as the MESSENGER spacecraft nears its explosive end on the surface of Mercury. A lunar eclipse is days away! Bruce Betts has the details on What’s Up.

Space Complex Bravo

Mat Kaplan

Space Complex Bravo
Model of Space Complex Bravo, a station consisting of four Bigelow Aerospace B330 modules.
Olympus mock-up

Mat Kaplan

Olympus mock-up
The Olympus mock-up towers over onlookers at Bigelow Aerospace.

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Sirius B is the closest white dwarf star to our own.

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