Status Report

Today on the ESA TV Service Schedule 7 Feb 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
February 7, 2001
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Today’s transmission of the ESA TV Service includes:

07-Feb-01 23:00 – 23:30 GMT

Launch of Shuttle STS-98 to the ISS

Live coverage of final countdown and lift-off

Background information on the transmission:

ATTENTION: This programme is on NSS-K, and NOT on Eutelsat W1

As of tonight, Space Shuttle Atlantis and its five-member crew will deliver the Destiny module to the International Space Station during the STS-98 mission. Destiny is the first laboratory of the ISS.

The launch is scheduled for tonight, 7-8 February at 23:11 GMT, with a launch window of about five minutes.

The crew of Atlantis, Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Mark Polansky and Mission Specialists Tom Jones, Marsha Ivins and Bob Curbeam, will use the Shuttle’s robotic arm to attach the 15-ton Destiny laboratory to the station and reposition one of the docking ports. Astronauts Jones and Curbeam will conduct three space walks to complete the new laboratory’s connection.

This will be the second group of Shuttle astronauts to visit the space station and the Expedition One crew, American commander Bill Shepherd and Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Krikalev and Yuri Gidzenko.

After an 11-day mission, Atlantis is scheduled to land on 18 February a Cape Canaveral.

The ESA TV Service will transmit the launch and the main highlights of this mission live. Edited highlights of the entire flight day will be transmitted tomorrow morning at 06:00-06:20 GMT, on Eutelsat W1, in time for breakfast television programmes

More background information can be found on

Transmission details:NSS-K at 21.5 degrees West

Transponder H07, dig ch 1 (MCPC), vertical

F=11.591 MHz, SR=20.150 MS/sec, FEC=3/4

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