ESA Television.



Sorry this is sort of off topic in a way but not in another sense.

Those of you downloading MSG-1 data via EUMETCast on Hot Bird-6 are in a
position to receive these transmissions as well.

Christmas Day 2003 will see (hopefully) the successful landing of the British
Beagle 2
on the surface of Mars.
This is part of ESA's Mars Express mission.

ESA TV carry update transmissions, of this and other missions, via Hot
Details below.

John Tellick.
RIG secretary.

The next transmissions of the ESA TV Service are

02 Dec 2003 - 09:10 - 09:25 GMT
Searching for Water and Life on Mars
ESA TV Exchanges

Replay 1: 2 December 19:45-20:00 GMT
Replay 2: 6 December 10:00-10:15 GMT

This Exchange in the fourth in a series of five feeds with Mars Express
pre-event background footage. It highlights the scientific instruments onboard the
Mars Express orbiter, featuring new 3-D graphics of the Red Planet and the
subjects of its scientific study.

This Exchange comprises of a 6 minute A-roll with split audio (English
commentary/international sound) and is complimented by a B-Roll with sound bites.

The script will be online as of 2 December as a PDF document, under

This ESA TV Exchanges feed is transmitted by the European Commission's
"Europe by Satellite" (EbS) Service. You can find the complete transmission shcedule
and download scripts and shot lists, also for ESA TV items, from the EbS
Website at

More background information can be found on:

Transmission parameters:

EUTELSAT HOT BIRD at 13 degrees East (DVB/MPEG-2)
Horizontal, F=12,476 MHz (MCPC, Europe by Satellite)
SR=27,500 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

With kind regards,

ESA TV Service