Europe's Columbus joined to space station

Other News Materials 12 February 2008 02:52 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa )- After four years' delay and last minute space- walk hitches, the Columbus laboratory was physically joined with the space station on Monday, opening a new chapter for Europe in space flight.

" Columbus is touching the station for the first time," said one of the astronauts operating the robot arm from inside the International Space STation.

"Beautiful work, Leland," said ground control officials in Houston, Texas, to the astronaut operating the control.

French astronaut Leopold French astronaut will be the first to enter the Columbus module.