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International Space Station Module to Arrive in Florida This Month


May 5, 2006, Columbus is embarking on a new journey to the United States. The European Space Agency’s Columbus module, a laboratory facility destined for the International Space Station, is set to arrive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., from Bremen, Germany on May 30.

NASA will welcome Columbus during a ceremony Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m. EDT at Kennedy’s Space Station Processing Facility. Media are invited. Video highlights will air on the NASA TV Video File on the Media Channel on the afternoon of June 2.

The Columbus module is the European Space Agency’s primary contribution to the International Space Station. The module will be used to support a variety of life, physical and materials science experiments. At Kennedy, it will be processed for launch on a future space shuttle mission.

Media without Kennedy credentials can apply for accreditation via the online media accreditation Web site. International media must apply for accreditation by close of business May 15 at:

For information on the International Space Station, visit:

NASA TV’s Public, Education and Media channels are available on an MPEG-2 digital C-band signal accessed via satellite AMC-6, at 72 degrees west longitude, transponder 17C, 4040 MHz, vertical polarization. In Alaska and Hawaii, they’re on AMC-7 at 137 degrees west longitude, transponder 18C, at 4060 MHz, horizontal polarization. For digital downlink information, visit:


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