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Herschel – the biggest space telecope ever / ESA TV Exchanges / 17-03-2006

By SpaceRef Editor
March 16, 2006
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

17-Mar-06 10:15 – 10:30 GMT

Herschel – the biggest space telecope ever

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 17 March 2006, 16:00-16:15 GMT

Replay 2: 18 March 2006, 11:45-12:00 GMT

In just two years, the biggest space telescope ever will be launched: Herschel. Built in Europe and named after the pioneering astronomers William and Caroline Herschel, it will be launched onboard an Ariane 5.

Herschel will look at infrared radiation from very faint and distant objects – the first galaxies in our universe, ten and more billion years old.

Today’s Exchange presents an outline of the scientific rationale for this mission, along with recordings of the 3.5 metre mirror of Herschel during assembly, and soundbites by Giovanni Bignami, Chairman of ESA’s Space Science Advisory Committee, and Yves Toulemont, Herschel Telescope Project Manager, EADS Astrium.

The script is online as a PDF file under

Preview clips are online under (Quicktime, 25.8 MB) and (Media Player, 2.6 MB)

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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