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Bigelow Aerospace founder and president Robert Bigelow, listens to questions from members of the media during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. Bigelow spoke about the company's new contract to provide NASA with a habitat module for the International Space Station. Pictured with Bigelow is a BA 330 module, similar in function to what the new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module will be. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Space station to get balloon room

January 17, 2013

NASA is partnering with a commercial space company

in a bid to replace the cumbersome "metal cans" that now serve as

astronauts' homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats

that can be deployed on the cheap.