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‘Beautiful, Beautiful Moment’: Ten Years Since Europe’s Columbus Lab Arrived at Space Station

18 Feb 2018, 21:02 UTC
‘Beautiful, Beautiful Moment’: Ten Years Since Europe’s Columbus Lab Arrived at Space Station NASA

Ten years ago, this month, Space Shuttle Atlantis sprang from historic Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, to kickstart the final phase of International Space Station (ISS) construction. A decade since the first elements of the football-field-sized outpost had been placed into orbit, the core structure was in place, ready to accept the pressurized modules of the international partners. First up was Columbus, the largest single contribution of the European Space Agency (ESA).

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