Status Report

Soho – Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Sun / ESA TV Exchanges / 07-02-2006

By SpaceRef Editor
February 6, 2006
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

07-Feb-06 10:15 – 10:30 GMT

Soho – Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Sun

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 7 February 2006, 16:00-16:15 GMT

Replay 2: 11 February 2006, 11:30-11:45 GMT

Humans have always looked up to our mother star the Sun. Over the last ten years, since the launch of the ESA/NASA solar observatory SOHO, our knowledge about the Sun has literally leapfrogged.

The most spectacular Solar phenomenon are ‘coronal mass ejections’ – massive eruptions which hurl large amounts of high-energy particles into space. Today, we start to know where these originate from, and round-the-clock observation of the Sun by SOHO makes it possible to give advance warnings of imminent storms of solar particles. The data amassed from SOHO over ten years has also helped scientists to understand why the Sun’s corona, it’s atmosphere, can heat matter up from a few thousand to a million degrees. As long as we don’t understand these phenomena we don’t know their possible impact on our lives.

Today’s Exchange was shot at the SOHO Mission Control in Greenbelt (USA), and features SOHO results in the form of new animations as well as soundbites with ESA scientists Daniel Müller.

The script is online as a PDF file under

Pre-view video clips are online: (Mediaplayer, 2.4 MB) and (Quicktime, 23.6 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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SpaceRef staff editor.