18 february 2008
Studying the human body
The successful activation of the European Physiology Module (EPM) is "a relief and a real satisfaction", confides CADMOS engineer Alain Maillet. CADMOS is the facility at CNES in charge of operating the EPM from Toulouse. This sense of relief is understandable, since things haven’t gone quite according to plan. The US space shuttle Atlantis finally launched nearly 2 months late, lofting Europe’s Columbus laboratory—and inside it the EPM—to the International Space Station (ISS) where it was berthed on Monday 11 February.
The EPM is a 2-metre-high rack accommodating equipment for physiology experiments that will allow scientists on the ground to acquire a wealth of data on how the human body responds under microgravity conditions.
Collecting biology samples
This astronaut will be wired up with a battery of body sensors so that scientists on the ground can gather data on heart rate, balance mechanisms and quality of sleep under microgravity conditions.
2 Multi-Electrode Electroencephalogram Mapping Module
Columbus - ESA website
ESA astronaut Léopold Eyharts assigned to European Columbus laboratory mission to the ISS - ESA website
13 February 2007
Léopold Eyharts - Personal data. ESA website
10 December 2007
Columbus - a laboratory equipped for science
22 November 2007
Columbus soon to enter service
17 October 2007