Status Report

ESA’s Virtual Observatory in Spain / ESA TV Exchanges / 04-05-2007

By SpaceRef Editor
May 4, 2007
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

04-May-07 09:10 – 09:25 GMT

ESA’s Virtual Observatory in Spain

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 4 May 15:00-15:15 GMT

Replay 2: 5 May, 10:30-10:45 GMT

ESAC (European Space Astronomy Centre) in Villafranca some 30 km west of Madrid is a new ESA Establishment mostly dedicated to the so-called science operations of ESA’s space telescopes and planetary missions. A major tool is the Virtual Observatory, a giant database which puts the past observation data from many missions at the fingertips of the astronomers in a compatible format — accessible via the Internet as if the whole Universe were online.

Today’s production shows the working of the Virtual Observatory and includes interviews with ESA experts at ESAC.

The script is online as a PDF file under

A WMV preview clip is online 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

This programme is also available in broadcast quality via ftp-transfer, from – please use your userid [email protected] and password 8dwnrd84 for fetching the file from the ESA TV server.

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:

Sirius 2 at 4.8 degrees East, Transponder B1, Horizontal (Europe by Satellite)

F=11727.5 MHz, Symbol rate 27500 MS/sec, FEC 3/4

Audio pids: International sound=201 English=202

For further information, visit our website at For other enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail [email protected].

With kind regards

ESA TV Service

SpaceRef staff editor.