ESA Calls for Industry to Extend ISS Columbus Lab Capabilities

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano sets up University of Edinburgh experiment Biorock by installing experiment containers in the small temperature-controlled Kubik incubators onboard the International Space Station. (Credit: ESA)

PARIS (ESA PR) — The International Space Station is open for business and ESA is calling on industry to help extend the capabilities of Europe’s Columbus laboratory to support science and technology in space beyond 2024.

Columbus is Europe’s single largest contribution to the International Space Station. Launched in 2008, it is the first permanent European research facility in space.

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ESA Astronaut Will Answer Your Questions on YouTube

ESA Astronaut Frank De Winne

ESA PRESS RELEASE

There’s no shower on the ISS. Do you know how astronauts manage to keep themselves clean? There’s no up or down in space. How do astronauts adapt to this environment?

Instead of searching the Internet – why not directly ask those who know best? ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is keen to personally answer your questions via ESA’s YouTube channel.

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