IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COLUMBUS

European Missions to the International Space Station

John O'Sullivan

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF COLUMBUS: European Missions to the International Space Station The European Space Agency has a long history of human spaceflight, flying in space with both NASA and the Soviet/Russian space agencies over the years.

This book tells the story of the ESA astronauts who have visited the International Space Station over its first decade and how they have lived on board, helped construct the space laboratory and performed valuable scientific experiments.

ESA has contributed the Columbus science laboratory as well as the Copula, the Leonardo PMM and the ATV supply ship to the station's infrastructure but it is the human endeavour that captures the imagination. From brief visits to six month expeditions, from spacewalking to commanding the Earth's only outpost in space, ESA astronauts have played a vital role in the international project.

Extensive use of colour photographs from NASA and ESA depicting the experiments carried out, the phases of the ISS construction and the personal stories of the astronauts in space highlights the crucial European work on human spaceflight.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the author
Acronyms

Part 1: Background

1 Before ISS
2 Spacecraft

Part 2: Missions

3 STS-100
4 Androméde
5 Marco Polo
6 STS-111
7 Odissea
8 Cervantes
9 DELTA
10 Eneide
11 Astrolab
12 Celsius
13 Esperia
14 Columbus I
15 Columbus II
16 Pasiss
17 Alissé
18 Magisstra
19 DAMA
20 Promisse

The next generation
Bibliography
Appendices
Index


Extent: 391 pages, Black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2016
ISBN: 978-3-319-27560-4



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