Status Report

Launch of 1st Mars Exploration Rover / ESA TV Live / 08-06-2003

By SpaceRef Editor
June 6, 2003
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

08-Jun-03 17:30 – 18:30 GMT

Launch of 1st Mars Exploration Rover


Background information on the transmission:

The first of two NASA Mars Exploration Rovers is targeted to launch on 8 June at 18:05 GMT. The second rover is scheduled to launch on 25 June. Both rovers will reach Mars in January 2004. The mission seeks to determine the history of climate and water at two sites on Mars where conditions may have once been favorable to life.

The ESA TV Service provides a live-rebroadcast of NASA-TV coverage of this important event.

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:Atlantic Bird 1 (12.5 degrees West)

Transponder B1, channel A (MPEG-2 MCPC), horizontal

F= 11014 MHz, SR = 20.150 MS/sec, FEC = 3/4

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