ESA astronauts Leopold Eyharts and Hans Schlegel with the European Columbus laboratory in the SSPF at KSC, Florida

Preparing the European Columbus laboratory - new images

10 October 2007

The European Columbus laboratory is in the final stages of preparation for launch to the International Space Station at the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Columbus is scheduled for launch on board Space Shuttle Atlantis on flight STS-122 in December. Members of the STS-122 crew, including ESA astronauts Hans Schlegel and Leopold Eyharts, recently visited the SSPF to inspect the European Columbus laboratory.

These new images have been released on the occasion of the Columbus Media Day at Kennedy Space Center - click on an image to access the long caption and hi-res version.

More views of the Columbus laboratory are linked from the right menu under 'More Columbus images' - other views are available in the ESA Multimedia Gallery: http://www.esa.int/mmg

Exterior view of the European Columbus laboratory
Interior view of the European Columbus laboratory
Interior view of the European Columbus laboratory
ESA astronaut Hans Schlegel inspects a payload rack inside the European Columbus laboratory
ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts inspects the interior of the European Columbus laboratory
ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts inspects the outside of the European Columbus laboratory
STS-122 astronauts and support team with the European Columbus laboratory
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