On the Columbus Lab

Finally, after numerous delays, the space shuttle Atlantis has launched, carrying its valuable cargo – a new space laboratory called, rather nicely, Columbus. 

This is another vital step forward in transforming the International Space Station into a genuine space city and research lab.  At the moment, it’s a bit of a tin can in space; but the whole ethos is that the ISS can grow, and grow…

Take a look here for more details; and click on the video of the launch for a great shot of a bird flying in front of the shuttle’s pillar of flame. 

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