Europe's Columbus Lab Sets Sail for Space

All Eyes on Ascent

NASA/Kenny Allen

A long-range tracking camera keeps its eyes on the launch of space shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-122. Long-range cameras are used during early phases of ascent to identify and track debris and continue to be used as long as the vehicle is visible.

Columbus Space Lab Revives European Weightless Research


The European Space Agency's Columbus lab takes center stage in this view from the outside of the International Space Station taken during the STS-122 mission.

'Columbus' Compass,' Crew Mementos Ride Aboard Shuttle Atlantis


NASA is taking three green starter's flags from the Daytona 500 into space to mark the 50th anniversary of NASA and NASCAR's premiere race.

Space Station's Columbus Lab in Ship Shape


STS-122 shuttle and station crew members speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel from inside the European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory.

Goodbye, Columbus


Backdropped by a blue and white Earth, the International Space Station is seen from the shuttle Atlantis as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation on Feb. 18, 2008. The European Columbus lab is visible jutting from the ISS at upper right

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