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Spacelab to Gateway: 40 years of modules for people in space


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Spacelab to Gateway: 40 years of modules for people in space



ESA’s first human spaceflight mission lifted off 40 years ago today. Accompanied by the first ESA astronaut, Ulf Merbold, the Spacelab module took flight inside the Space Shuttle’s cargo bay, turning NASA’s ‘space truck’ into a mini-space station for scientific research. Europe continues to be highly active in the crewed module business to this day.

After Spacelab came ESA’s Columbus laboratory among many other modules of the International Space Station – Node 2Node 3 and the Earth-watching Cupola – the ATV and Cygnus cargo spacecraft, the European Service Module of the Orion lunar orbiter, modules for the private Axiom space station and now crucial elements of the Gateway station due to orbit the Moon.

Read More: ➡️ ESA


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