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The inflatable space hotel

US millionaire punts roach motel into orbit.

A drawing of what Bigelow's hotel might look like one day. Credit: © Bigelow Aerospace.
NASA's TransHab was an inflatable structure that never made it into space thanks to budget cuts. Credit: © NASA

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Ledford, H. The inflatable space hotel. Nature (2006).

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