In the Footsteps of Columbus

European Missions to the International Space Station

  • John O'Sullivan

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 2-10
    3. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 11-18
  3. Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 20-35
    3. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 36-54
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      Pages 55-67
    5. John O’Sullivan
      Pages 68-80
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      Pages 81-101
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      Pages 102-121
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      Pages 122-153
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      Pages 154-169
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      Pages 170-203
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      Pages 204-224
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      Pages 225-238
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      Pages 239-267
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      Pages 268-275
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      Pages 276-295
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      Pages 296-305
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      Pages 338-368
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 369-391

About this book


The European Space Agency has a long history of cooperating with NASA in human spaceflight, having developed the Spacelab module for carrying in the payload bay of the Space Shuttle. This book tells of the development of ESA’s Columbus microgravity science laboratory of the International Space Station and the European astronauts who work in it. From the beginning, ESA has been in close collaboration on the ISS, making a significant contribution to the station hardware. Special focus is given to Columbus and Copula as well as station resupply using the ATV. Each mission is also examined individually, creating a comprehensive picture of ESA's crucial involvement over the years. Extensive use of color photographs from NASA and ESA to depict the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction, and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.


ESA ISS Involvement European Astronauts European ISS Contribution European ISS Experiments European Spaceflight History of ESA Spaceflight History of ISS ISS Hardware ISS Missions NASA ESA Cooperation

Authors and affiliations

  • John O'Sullivan
    • 1
  1. 1.County CorkIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-27560-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-27562-8
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