Large habitat and ISS--No. 2
A manned Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) prepares to dock with a spacious inflatable habitat attached to the International Space Station (ISS) at an altitude of 250 nautical miles.
This inflatable habitat, much larger than any existing ISS module, is a
combination of layers of flexible material capped by sturdy docking hardware
at either end. The inflatable portion is collapsed and sandwiched between
the docking hardware portions for launch from earth and then inflated and
pressurized with a breathable atmosphere once in orbit. The habitat features
a pair of 42 x 24 inch windows to the outside.
Earth image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
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