The European science laboratory Columbus celebrates two successful years in space.
The European Columbus research laboratory, developed and built by Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), is celebrating its second successful year of space operations. As an integral part of the International Space Station (ISS), the laboratory has successfully hosted around 50 research experiments from a broad array of scientific disciplines over the last 24 months.
Columbus made its journey to the ISS on space shuttle Atlantis, launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 7 February 2008. The laboratory officially docked to the ISS at 22:44 CET on 11 February 2008.