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06.02.06
William Gerstenmaier, Alan Thirkettle, Jim Kennedy and Russell Romanella at Columbus welcoming ceremony

The delivery of the Columbus module from Germany to Florida is officially accepted by NASA during a ceremony in the Space Station Processing Facility. Participating in the welcoming ceremony are, from left, William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations; Alan Thirkettle, International Space Station program manager, European Space Agency; Jim Kennedy, director, Kennedy Space Center; and Russell Romanella, director, International Space Station and Payloads Processing. Columbus is the European Space Agency's research laboratory for the International Space Station. The module will be prepared in the SSPF for delivery to the space station on a future space shuttle mission. Columbus will expand the research facilities of the station and provide researchers with the ability to conduct numerous experiments in the life, physical and materials sciences. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller

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William Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations, welcomes the delivery of the European Space Agency's Columbus module at a ceremony in the Space Station Processing Facility. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller

The Columbus module rests on a work stand in the Space Station Processing Facility. + Large Image
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The European Space Agency's Columbus module rests on a work stand in view of media representatives and invited guests at a welcoming ceremony at Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility. NASA/Amanda Diller

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At NASA's Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility, workers release the cables around the Columbus module from the overhead crane. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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Inside the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, an overhead crane carries the Columbus module toward a work stand. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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The truck transporting Columbus, the European Space Agency's research laboratory, moves the module inside the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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Columbus, the European Space Agency's research laboratory, is moved under escort past the Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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At the Shuttle Landing Facility, the European Space Agency's research laboratory, designated Columbus, has been offloaded onto an Airbus Transport International platform. The module will be lifted off the platform onto a flat bed truck and transported to the Space Station Processing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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A Beluga aircraft taxis on the runway at the Shuttle Landing Facility on NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The Beluga carries the European Space Agency's research laboratory, designated Columbus, flown to Kennedy from its manufacturer in Germany. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossman

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