This is a picture of the Columbus European module prepared for transportation to the USA and captured in 2006. Worked on the creation in Turin (Italy) and Bremen (Germany). The completed module was sent to Cape Canaveral (Florida) before launching in February 2008.
For the past decade, Columbus has been providing microgravity research services. This week we decided to celebrate the victory of the module over the failures. Its launch had to be postponed due to bureaucratic problems, construction delays and a tragic catastrophe in 2003 (5 years behind schedule). Therefore, it was a great relief to observe how the module went into space in a container on an Airbus A300 aircraft. Among many famous people, it is worth remembering Angela Merkel, who attended the launch ceremony.
Since its launch, the module has become a multidisciplinary platform for research in the field of biology, liquids and physics, as well as demonstrations of various technologies.