Status Report

Huygens-Cassini Separation Coverage / ESA TV News / 25-12-2004

By SpaceRef Editor
December 21, 2004
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

25-Dec-04 09:00 – 09:30 GMT

Huygens-Cassini Separation Coverage


Background information on the transmission:

Replay: 25 December 11:00-11:30 GMT

In the night 24-25 December, the Huygens probe will be separated from the Cassini orbiter. The scheduled separation time is 03:08 GMT. This critical operation is the starting point of a 21-day descent of Huygens towards Titan, where it is scheduled to dive in to the atmosphere on 14 January 2005.

The ESA-TV Service will produce a B-roll with images recorded at JPL of the separation. The anticipated content of the B-roll is as follows:

  • – Views go/no-go decision for Huygens separation
  • – Views Mission Control at separation confirmation
  • – Soundbites ESA and NASA officials
  • – Exterior views JPL
  • – 3-D graphics Huygens separation & arrival at Titan

The package has a run time of about 10 minutes and will be replayed once per 30-minute transmission slot.

The script will be online under

An ESA press release with more details will be online as of 09:00 GMT on 25 December, on

Broadcasters in the UK can get the images via the following local ends directly from the BT tower: AVC563

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:Eutelsat W1 at 10 degrees east

Transponder B2, vertical, channel C

F= 10,978 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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SpaceRef staff editor.