The 24th shuttle flight to the International Space Station, STS-122, delivers Columbus, the European Space Agency's new laboratory. Columbus will be installed on Harmony Node 2.
European astronaut and station flight engineer Leopold Eyharts got a look inside the new Columbus laboratory around 9 a.m. EST February 12. Official ingress is scheduled to occur at 2:55 p.m after preliminary outfitting of the new lab.
Supplies and equipment will be transferred into the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory. Three of the laboratory module’s five payload racks also are scheduled for relocation Feb. 12. Expedition 16 crew members Leopold Eyharts and Peggy Whitson will be the first to enter Columbus.
Later in the day, STS-122 Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Hans Schlegel will camp out in the station’s Quest Airlock in preparation for the Feb. 13 spacewalk, scheduled for 9:35 a.m. EST.
On Feb 11, astronauts used the station’s robotic arm to connect Columbus to the orbital outpost and Walheim and Mission Specialist Stanley Love conducted the first of three scheduled STS-122 spacewalks. Among other tasks, the spacewalkers prepared the new module for its installation.
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