Somewhere over the Atlantic
Imagine taking your entire molecular biology lab halfway across the world to put an experiment on the 15S Soyuz flight to the International Space Station (ISS). You must remember every pipette, every drop of media, every coverslip, flask, cell counter everything because there is no Fisher Scientific outlet at the launch site in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Your experiment is executed in orbit above the earth and the cosmonaut operators have been trained by people outside your lab and you hope for the best.
Why Amsterdam? Since there is no science shuttle, I am flying my experiment with the European Space Agency (ESA). Kaiser Italia made the flight hardware and with the complicated import/export rules since 9/11, ESA and our lab were concerned that the hardware could get stranded in US Customs. So we are going to Amsterdam to prepare the hardware for the flight. On landing, we go to the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) laboratories in Noordwijk,The Netherlands and start operations.