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Christiaan Huygens – A Dutchman to the Stars / ESA TV Exchanges / 11-01-2005

By SpaceRef Editor
January 10, 2005
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

11-Jan-05 13:00 – 13:15 GMT

Christiaan Huygens – A Dutchman to the Stars

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay I: 11 January 20:15-20:30 GMT

Replay II: 15 January 11:45 -12:00 GMT

Please note that the first transmission of this Exchange might be delayed at short notice by up to 30 minutes.

Please also note that the second media briefing on 14
January will be transmitted live not earlier than 16:15 GMT and not 17:15 GMT as announced in the last mailing on 7 January.

Christiaan Huygens, after whom the Huygens probe is named, was the Dutch-born astronomer who discovered Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon. He made numerous other contributions to physcis and optical instruments and is considered one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century.

To provide some background on this fascinating person, ESA asked Huygens biographer C. Andriesse for an interview, which was recorded in December 2004 in the Hofwijk Museum in The Hague, where Huygens lived as a boy.

Andriesse performed the interview in a period costume dress, outlining the role and achievements of Huygens for modern science.

The programme is an edited version of this interview.

The script will be on-line as a PDF document under

This ESA TV Exchanges feed is transmitted by the European Commission’s “Europe by Satellite” (EbS) service. You can find the complete transmission schedule and download scripts and shot lists, also for ESA TV items, from the EbS Web site at

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:EUTELSAT HOT BIRD at 13° East (DVB/MPEG-2)

Horizontal, F=12,476 MHz (MCPC, Europe by Satellite)

SR=27,500 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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