Inflatable Moon Base Prototype Heads to South Pole

An inflatable habitat designed for explorers on the moon or Mars is headed for an Antarctic test run, NASA said Wednesday.
The habitat – built by ILC Dover and resembling an inflatable backyard bounce for children – will make its South Pole debut early next year. NASA demonstrated the inflatable prototype on Wednesday at ILC Dover’s Frederica, Del., facility.
“We deflated [and inflated] it in about ten minutes,” said Larry Toups, habitat lead for NASA’s Constellation Program Lunar Surface Systems Office, in an interview.