"Futurama," the short-lived animated series that had a knack for nailing absurd predictions, envisioned the Taco Bellevue Hospital where patients could "supersize" their babies or try the "new chemo loco." So why not a space station? Credit: "Futurama" frame grab/ 20th Century Fox Television
Bigelow spae station
Bigelow/ULA lunar depot
BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, is highlighted in its expanded configuration in this computer rendering. Credit: NASA/Bigelow
Ted Cruz
BEAM, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, is highlighted in its expanded configuration in this computer rendering. Credit: NASA/Bigelow
Robert Bigelow, founder and president of Bigelow Aerospace, apparently had second thoughts about his first tweet. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Bigelow module on ISS
axiom space module
BEAM expansion
The unexpanded BEAM is seen attached to the Tranquility module. Credit: NASA TV
The unexpanded BEAM is seen attached to the Tranquility module. Credit: NASA TV
Jupiter 1/EchoStar 17. Credit: SSL
Robert Bigelow (left) and ULA CEO Tory Bruno (right) posed with a model of the the B330 at a press conference Monday afternoon at the 32nd Space Symposium. Credit: SpaceNews/Jeff Foust
falcon 9 on the pad
A full-scale mockup of Bigelow Aerospace's Space Station Alpha inside their Nevada facility. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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