Coverage of Rosetta Steins fly-by. / ESA TV Live / 06-09-2008
For all you insomniacs this may be of interest?
Four years into its ten-year journey to reach a comet, the European
spacecraft Rosetta has been awakened to moonlight as an asteroid probe. The close
encounter, due in the evening of 5 September, will see Rosetta's instruments
and cameras take snapshots of asteroid 2867-Steins, never seen at close
quarters - a distance of only 800km. Less than a dozen of the hundreds of
thousands of asteroids in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter have been
visited by a spacecraft before.
The feed at 04:00 GMT will feature key moments of this exceptional flyby
including the very first reactions of spacecraft controllers and scientists at
ESA's Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, as the very
first data and pictures arrive throughout the night between 5 and 6 September.
An additional TV feed may be made at 08:00 GMT on 6 September - please watch
The first batch of processed images and preliminary results will be
presented at a press conference taking place at ESOC starting at 10:00 GMT / 12:00
CEST on 6 September (available through web and TV streaming). David Southwood,
ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, Gaele Winters, ESA Director
of Operations and Infrastructure, and the key scientists and experts for the
Rosetta mission, will provide the first insights into the outcome of this
historic fly-by and link them to the bigger picture of space debris monitoring
Webcast - _http://www.esa.int/rosetta_ (http://www.esa.int/rosetta) .
More background information can be found on
Eutelsat W1 at 10 deg East, Transponder F5, horizontal, (SCPC, 4:2:0)
Channel F Downlink = 12721.83 MHz, SR = 5.632 Ms/s, FEC = 3/4
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