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Bigelow's Big Gamble: Building a Space Station

Bigelow Aerospace's Genesis-1 Performing Well
The outer surface of the Genesis-1's inflatable skin, including thermal insulation and debris protection is visible in this picture. Measuring 8-feet in diameter, the module is a prototype of the firm's expanding interest in providing habitable space in Earth orbit. Image (Image credit: Bigelow Aerospace)

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Leonard David

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for more than 50 years. Currently writing as Space.com's Space Insider Columnist among his other projects, Leonard has authored numerous books on space exploration, Mars missions and more, with his latest being "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" published in 2019 by National Geographic. He also wrote "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet" released in 2016 by National Geographic. Leonard  has served as a correspondent for SpaceNews, Scientific American and Aerospace America for the AIAA. He was received many awards, including the first Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History in 2015 at the AAS Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium. You can find out Leonard's latest project at his website and on Twitter.