In 1998, the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) was set up in Germany to get European astronauts ready for missions to the International Space Station (ISS). Most of these astronauts have already flown on missions to the Station. They are needed to operate many parts of the ISS including its huge science laboratory, called Columbus.
In May 2009, six new astronauts joined the European Astronaut Corps. They will train at the EAC to get ready for future missions to the ISS, the Moon and even further into space.
Last update: 8 July 2010