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2008: Columbus docks with space station

Europe's space laboratory, Columbus, was unloaded from the space shuttle Atlantis and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in February 2008 .

The attachment of Columbus to the ISS was carried out by astronauts working both inside and outside.

The 12.8-tonne Columbus module was plucked from its berth in the Atlantis shuttle's payload bay by the station's robotic arm. Jane Bennett-Powell reported for the BBC.