With 4 multifunction experiment racks and a container, Europe is supplying half of the racks inside Columbus.
On the ground, hundreds of researchers from all over Europe will be involved in monitoring experiments at these centres—among them the CADMOS facility in Toulouse, France—or from their workplace.
From biology to fluid physics
The 3rd rack is the European Physiology Module (EPM). EPM will focus on the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of living organisms in microgravity. The CADMOS facility in Toulouse will have responsibility for EPM.
In particular, EPM will accommodate the French-German Cardiolab science module, developed jointly by CNES and the German aerospace agency DLR.
How does the nervous system control posture, muscular activity, balance and sleep in space? These are some of the questions that the MEEMM* science module in EPM is designed to answer.
Dress rehearsal on the ground
The last step is the crucial Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (TCDT), which took place from 17 to 20 November. For all teams on the ground and for the shuttle crew, this practice countdown simulates all operations in the final hours leading up to launch.
* USOC : User Support and Operational Centre
MEEMM : Multi Electrodes Electroencephalogram Mapping Module
ESA astronaut Léopold Eyharts assigned to European Columbus laboratory mission to the ISS - ESA website
13 February 2007
Léopold Eyharts, the man who will bring Columbus to life - ESA website
Interview - 13 February 2007
Léopold Eyharts - Personal data. ESA website
17 October 2007