Limited space inside the Columbus laboratory
Inside, the Columbus laboratory is packed with high-technology scientific equipment. Tools for video recording and communications
are also included, as well as cables and pipes needed for data transmission, power and life support. This is also where the
astronauts will perform experiments in Materials-, Fluid- and Combustion Science and lots of other disciplines.
Columbus is an entire multi-purpose research centre in a small format. As space on board the ISS is limited, everything that
goes on board has to be made as small and as compact as possible. This photo shows one of the small containers where plants will be grown on board the ISS. It is no longer than a pencil, measuring 160 mm x 60 mm x 60 mm.