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


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.