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Thomas Reiter returns to Germany: ESA TV coverage

By SpaceRef Editor
January 14, 2007
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Thomas Reiter returns to Germany: ESA TV coverage

Next week, ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter will return to Germany after a 166-day mission to the International Space Station. ESA-TV will provide coverage as follows:

16 January 10:00-11:00 GMT Astrolab Post-Flight Presentation

48 hours before the first public appearance, ESA-TV releases a 30-minute Post-Flight video with the best images from the Astrolab mission, including much new footage shot by Reiter brought back to Earth on 23 December. The commentary for thee video has been written by Reiter who also did the voiceover (in German – English version being prepared).

A dope sheet and the script will be online early on 16 January under

Please note that the run time of this transmission is 30 minutes.

18 January 10:00-11:00 GMT Press conference with ESA astronaut Thomas Reiter

The press conference will take place at the European Astronaut Centre EAC in Cologne, Germany and ESA-TV will provide a live broadcast of the event, featuring the following speakers:

– Prof. Sigmar Wittig, Chairman of the ESA Council and Director General of the German Space Agency, DLR

– Michel Tognini, Head of the European Astronaut Centre EAC

– Thomas Reiter, ESA Astronaut

Languages will be German and English, with two audio channels: international audio and English interpretation

Satellite downlink parameters for both transmissions:

Eutelsat W2 at 16 degrees East, Transponder F6, vertical, channel H (SCPC, 4:2:0), F=12.740 MHz, SR=5.632 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

For further information and a daily update of the transmission schedule, visit our website at For all enquires, contact Claus Habfast, Tel +31 71 565 3838, Fax +31 71 565 6340, e-mail

SpaceRef staff editor.