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第022期(2013/1/31出刊)

太空充氣屋 前進火星跳板

 NASA is partnering with the commercial space company Bigelow in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats.
 The 13-foot room, known as BEAM, can be compressed into a 7-foot tube for delivery, and is also easier and less costly to build.
 NASA is expected to install the blimp-like module in the International Space Station by 2015. Astronauts will test the ability of BEAM to withstand heat, radiation, debris and other assaults. If BEAM proves durable for two years, it could open the door to habitats on the moon and missions to Mars.
 Bigelow plans to begin selling the stand-alone space homes next year. Founder Robert Bigelow hopes to sell BEAM to scientific companies and wealthy adventurers.

 美國太空總署將與商業航太公司畢格羅合作,開發一 種像充氣屋的住所,來代替目前太空人在外太空居住的 笨重「金屬罐子」。
 這個被稱為「BEAM」的十三英尺房間,可被壓縮在一 個七英尺長的管子裡,便於運送,而且比較容易建造, 成本也比較便宜。
 NASA 預計二○一五年前在國際太空站上,安裝這個有 點像軟式小型飛船的艙房。太空人將測試BEAM 承受高 溫,抵擋輻射、太空垃圾和其他外力撞擊的能耐。如果 經過兩年測試,證明BEAM 堅固耐用,將敞開大門,作 為太空人進行月球和火星任務的住所。
 畢格羅公司計畫,在隔年開始銷售獨立運作的太空艙 房。公司創辦人畢格羅希望把BEAM 賣給科技公司或富 人冒險家。

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