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The chart shows a size comparison between the current pathfinder modules Genesis I and II, the Galaxy module planned for 2008, and the future human-habitable modules Sundancer and BA 330.
Second launch takes firm closer to goal of deploying blow-up space stations

Bigelow Aerospace celebrated the launch of its second inflatable space module this week, marking a major step forward in the company's plan of building a fleet of "space habitat destinations."

The Las Vegas-based company announced on its website that it received the first pictures from the Genesis II spacecraft 90 minutes after it was launched on June 28 from the ISC Kosmotras Yasny Cosmodrome, located in the Orenburg region of Russia.

The low-resolution thumbnails, taken during the craft's solar panel deployment, provided confirmation that the Genesis II had reached its orbit and was beginning its inflation sequence.

The Genesis II is identical in size and appearance to Genesis I -- approximately 15 feet in length and about 6 feet in diameter at launch, inflating to 8 feet in diameter after reaching orbit.

The Genesis II differs from its predecessor primarily with respect to its payload. The latest spacecraft carries twice as many cameras -- 22 in all -- as well as an arsenal of additional sensors and avionics that were not included on Genesis I.

The new spacecraft is also loaded down with a variety of nonscientific paraphernalia, including boxes of cockroaches and scorpions, and other flotsam collected from paying participants in the Bigelow Aerospace “Fly your Stuff” program.



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RE: cockroaches?
By roastmules on 7/2/2007 2:09:07 PM , Rating: 2
Here's the overly simplistic view of why I would think to put a cockroach in space:
Anyhere I can live, so can a cockroach. Anywhere a cockroach cannot live, neither can I.
In terms of the LSAT:
me live -> cockroach live (sufficient)
cockroach not live -> me not live (sufficient)

So, if the cockroaches die quickly, then so would people.
But the opposite isn't 100% true:
cockroach live -> me live (not sufficient logic).
But it's close enough to move on to test:
cockroach live -> mouse live -> monkey live -> human live...

So, from a galactic standpoint of what survives where, people are similar to roaches.

Also cockroaches are free, and they are not bound by much of the animal rights for scientific testing. After we find out that cockroaches can live, then we move on to mice. Mice are closer to humans, more indicitive of survival, and they are more costly from an animal rights perspective.

I'd figure that they can start with bugs, then small mammals, larger mammals (monkeys?, as in the past), then on to humans.

(Please forgive me if there's a condition where humans could live but cockroaches cannot.)


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