Columbus Laboratory Installed on Space Station
The International Space Station (ISS) has been equipped with a powerful
new scientific laboratory. The Space Shuttle Atlantis delivered the
Columbus Laboratoryto the ISS and installed the seven meter long module
over the past week. Columbus has ten racks for experiments that can be
controlled from the station or the Columbus Control Center in Germany.
The first set of experiments includes the Fluid Science Laboratory that
will explore fluid properties in themicrogravity of low Earth orbit,
and Biolab which supports experiments on microorganisms. Future Columbus
experiments include an atomic clock that will test minuscule timing
effects including those expected by Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.
Pictured above, mission specialist Hans Schlegel works on the outside of Columbus.
Scientists from all over the world may propose and carry out experiments to be
done on the laboratory during its ten year mission.