A Big-Budget Space Motel

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Robert Bigelow made a fortune on the hugely popular Budget Suites of America. And he's spent lots of it searching for travelers in space. Now, besides his hunt for UFOs, Bigelow is launching a privately funded spacecraft. It's set to lift off today from Russia. It's a step towards a commercial space station, which Bigelow hopes will be destination for human tourists — a distinctly big-budget space motel.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Robert Bigelow made a fortune on the hugely popular Budget Suites of America. And he's spent lots of it searching for travelers in space. Now, besides his hunt for UFOs, Bigelow is launching a privately funded spacecraft. Set to lift off today from Russia, it's a step towards a commercial space station, which Bigelow hopes will be destination for human tourists: a distinctly big-budget space motel. This is MORNING EDITION.

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