On April 16th, the ISS will become just a wee bit bigger after astronauts install the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module. BEAM hitched a ride aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule during its latest (and historic) resupply mission. Astronauts will use the robotic Canadarm2 to unload it from the capsule and move it to position, before unfolding and expanding it to add a 10-x-13-foot area to the station. If all goes well, BEAM will look like a small protrusion from outside the ISS, as you can see at the top center of the image above. The space agency will televise the installation live on NASA TV, so you can watch it go down… if you can wake up at 5:30AM (Eastern time) on a Saturday.
The International Space Center(ISS) will get an appendage on April 16 this year making it slightly bigger.
The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module referred to as BEAM will be installed by NASA on the ISS on April 16.
BEAM is aboard the Space X’s unmanned Dragon capsule that in a successful launch on April 8. It carries with it 7,000 pounds (3100 Kilos) of gear for the six astronauts living at the outpost in space.
Among the paraphernalia is the BEAM – an inflatable space room that will let Astronauts test micro gravity for the very first time. This will be a temporary attachment to the ISS.
While this is a first of many, what has got the poeple on Earth excited is that all this can be viewed right from one’s living room. The space agency will be live screening it on TV.