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Huygens-Cassini Ready for Separation / ESA TV News / 17-12-2004
The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:
Huygens-Cassini Ready for Separation
ESA TV Exchanges
17 December 10:00-10:15 GMT
Replay I: 17 December 15:00-15:15 GMT
Replay II: 18 December 11:45 -12:00 GMT
On Christmas Day at 03:08 GMT, the Huygens probe will separate from the Cassini orbiter and begin a 21-day descent towards Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.
Huygens- release towards Titan will be a critical part of the mission. First, the probe’s timers will be set to wake it up three weeks later, just 45 minutes before it enters the Titan’s atmosphere. Then mission control team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena will point Cassini in the right direction. These crucial moment happen early on Christmas morning.
As Cassini’s antenna can-t point towards earth during the manoeuvre, mission control won-t know if the operation has been a success until the probe and orbiter have separated, and Cassini turns back to Earth. By then, Huygens will have already began its dive towards Titan, spinning like a dart to stay on course.
Today’s Programme includes new 3-D graphics and background footage on the separation. It will be completed by a VNR shot, edited and transmitted on 25 December from JPL. For details, see the ESA TV Website
Today’s Exchange is made of an A-roll with English commentary and international sound (split audio) plus a B-roll with clean international sound.
The script is online now under http://television.esa.int/photos/EbS37448.pdf
A preview Media Player file is online under http://www.europe.medialink.com/clientclips/huygensrelease2.wmv
On 17 December, both playouts are on Eutelsat W1. The replay on 18 December is on EbS.
More backgroud information can be found on: www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Cassini-Huygens
Transmission details for 17 December:
Eutelsat W1 at 10 degrees east, Transponder B4 Middle 1 (SCPC), vertical, F=11079 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4
Transmisison details for 18 December:
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
For further information and a daily update of the transmission schedule, visit our website at http://television.esa.int. For all enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail email@example.com.
With kind regards,
ESA TV Service