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ESA TV Exchanges — info on feed 29 June: Why explore other planets?

By SpaceRef Editor
June 28, 2001
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Friday’s 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

Please note the transmission parameters, on Eutelsat Hot Bird, below.

Why Explore Other Planets?

29 June 2001

09:15-09:30 GMT

Background information on the transmission:

There are many reasons to explore the other planets and the smaller bodies in our Solar system. Studying these may actually give us answers on questions about the history of our own Earth. Whereas stars other than the Sun are too far away to reach them, man-made space probes can travel throughout our solar system.

Today’s transmission is the first in a series of three programmes on planetary exploration. It outlines the main historic missions to other planets and provides a pre-view of ESA’s Rosetta and Smart-1 missions.
The two other programmes feature the Huygens/Cassini and the Mars Express missions. They are transmitted next week and the week after.

The programme includes an A-roll with split audio and English voiceover, and a B-roll with clean international sound.

A PDF file of the script is on line on the ESA TV Service Web site.

The “Europe by Satellite” transmission parameters are:


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

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

For further information and a daily update of the transmission schedule, visit our website at For all enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail

SpaceRef staff editor.