BEAM Expansion Terminated for the Day

BEAM Module Attached to Tranquility
The unexpanded BEAM is seen attached to the Tranquility module. Credit: NASA TV

Efforts to expand the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) were terminated for the day after several hours of attempts to introduce air into the module. Flight controllers informed NASA astronaut Jeff Williams that BEAM had only expanded a few inches in both length and diameter at the time the operation ceased for the day. Engineers are meeting to determine a forward course of action, with the possibility that another attempt could be made as early as Friday morning.

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