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NASA deputy administrator, Lori Garver, left, and Bigelow Aerospace president Robert Bigelow, pose for photos and video in front of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. NASA awarded a contact to Bigelow Aerospace to provide NASA with the BEAM, a habitat module for the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

NASA deputy administrator, Lori Garver, left, and Bigelow Aerospace president Robert Bigelow, pose for photos and video in front of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Las Vegas. NASA awarded a contact to Bigelow Aerospace to provide NASA with the BEAM, a habitat module for the International Space Station. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Space station to get balloon room

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.