Space History Photo: Space Station Model

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An inflatable model for a space station that was designed in 1961. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, a model of an inflatable space station concept with a solar power system collector in 1961. It was 24 feet in diameter with internal fabric bulkhead which could be separately pressurized in an emergency.

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