ESA astronaut Tim Peake gives a tour of the Columbus laboratory taken during his Principia mission in 2016.
The Columbus laboratory is ESA’s largest single contribution to the International Space Station. It was also the first permanent European research facility in space.
The state-of-the-art facility offers 75 cubic metres of space and contains an entire suite of research equipment. External platforms support experiments and applications in space science, Earth observation and technology.
Columbus offers European scientists full access to a weightless environment that cannot possibly be duplicated on Earth.
During his six-month stay on the International Space Station Tim carried out a substantial amount of experimental work in microgravity, ran educational programmes from space, and played an important part in operational activities both onboard and outside the Station.
More about the Principia mission: http://www.esa.int/principia
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