Astronauts go inside BEAM, the space station's newest room

June 6, 2016 6:43 PM

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Astronauts go inside BEAM, the space station's newest room

Early this morning, a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut ventured into the International Space Station’s newest room, the expandable BEAM unit, for its inaugural visit.

The habitat was both “pristine” and cold, the astronaut, Jeff Williams, told NASA after he opened the hatch for the first time shortly before 5 a.m. ET. He collected an air sample and data from the module, which was fully inflated on May 28. The space agency originally struggled to expand the innova...

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