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Inflatable space habitat lower

A hypothetical inflatable space habitat in low Earth orbit as seen from below its X and Y axes. The main body of this habitat is collapsed and folded during launch and then once in orbit inflated like a balloon with a pressurized and breathable atmosphere. It provides a comfortable shirt-sleeve, albeit weightless, environment for several astronauts.

This view shows the hardware end of the habitat including containers for pressurization and a docking adapter compatible with the International Docking System Standard (IDSS) allowing it to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) and other compatible spacecraft. It has no propulsion system of its own, relying instead on thrust provided by an attached spacecraft or close-quarters manipulation by the ISS's robotic arm, AKA, Mobile Servicing System (MSS).

This habitat has an external diameter of about 30 feet and is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of about 250 miles.   

Earth image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

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