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Sputnik 50 years ago – two pioneers remember / ESA TV Exchanges / 15-06-2007

By SpaceRef Editor
June 14, 2007
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The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

15-Jun-07 08:30 – 08:45 GMT

Sputnik 50 years ago – two pioneers remember

ESA TV Exchanges

Background information on the transmission:

Replay 1: 15 June 15:00-15:15 GMT

Replay 2: 16 June 10:30-10:45 GMT

ESA TV asked two pioneers of spaceflight to share their recollections of the Sputnik launch and the spaceflight of Gagarin, and to look back at 50 years of spaceflight: these pioneers are Vladimir Remek, the first non-Russian and non-American to make a spaceflight, and Sigmund Jähn, the first (East)-German cosmonaut. Today, Remek is a Member of European Parliament.

The recordings were made at the space museum in Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz where Jähn was born, and the Exchange also feature archive material on the events the two pioneers disucss.

The script is online as a PDF file under

A Windows Media Player preview clip is available 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 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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SpaceRef staff editor.