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Hubble Space Telescope – 17 years in orbit is no age! / ESA TV Exchanges / 21-04-2007

By SpaceRef Editor
April 19, 2007
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

21-Apr-07 10:45 – 11:00 GMT

Hubble Space Telescope – 17 years in orbit is no age!

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 23 April 08:00-08:15 GMT

Tuesday 24 April 2007 will be 17th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope launch.

2008 will see a last Shuttle maintenance mission with the objective to completely overhaul it and bring the fruitful in-orbit life of this observatory as close as possible to a quarter century.

Today’s Exchange features views by former ESA astronaut Claude Nicollier and by astronomer Peter Schneider from Bonn, Germany, on the last Hubble Servicing Mission.

Nicollier tells why astronauts accept taking a risk for their live in a Shuttle mission to Hubble, and Schneider explains why astronomers have no alternative to Hubble despite its relative age.

The Exchange also includes background footage on past Hubble servicing missions, and a selection of Hubble astronomical observations.

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

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With kind regards

ESA TV Service

SpaceRef staff editor.