The German ESA-Astronaut Hans Schlegel working at Columbus-Module (Picture: ESA/NASA.)
With the launch of Columbus, MUSC has commenced operations for the European segment of the ISS. After a commissioning phase, the Biolab facility is being used for the first run of experiments. In parallel, on Columbus’ external EuTEF platform, the experiment Expose has been activated and will be running for approximately 18 months. In the Russian segment, the long-term radiation measuring experiment Matroshka is already in use since 2004. For the Materials Science Lab, current activities include the verification of the ground segment and preparation of the initial experiment batch.