Astronaut to set up space station science lab

13th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP), French astronaut Leopold Eyharts on Tuesday was named for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) to set up Europe's Columbus science module, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

PARIS, Feb 13, 2007 (AFP)

French astronaut Leopold Eyharts on Tuesday was named for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) to set up Europe's Columbus science module, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

Eyharts, 49, will fly to the orbital outpost on the US space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-122, returning home on mission STS-123 with shuttle Endeavour about two months later.

Eyharts' main role will be to install and commission Columbus, Europe's biggest single contribution to the space station.

The 1.2-billion-euro (1.55-billion-dollar) module will be hauled to the ISS in Discovery' cargo bay along with seven racks containing experiments.

Attaching it to the station and powering it up will require two spacewalks.

Discovery is sketched for launch in October, but the schedule of shuttle flights has been badly disrupted by the loss of Columbia in 2003. Each launch requires extensive maintenance and preparation.

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