ESA astronaut Tim Peake gives a tour of the Columbus laboratory taken during his Principia mission in 2016.

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The Columbus laboratory is ESA’s largest single contribution to the International Space Station. It was also the first permanent European research facility in space.

The state-of-the-art facility offers 75 cubic meters of space and contains an entire suite of research equipment. External platforms support experiments and applications in space science, Earth observation, and technology.