21 May 2003
On 2 June at 19:45 CEST (Central European Summer Time, 17.45 GMT/UTC) ESA's Mars Express satellite will be launched by a Soyuz launcher from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Europe’s first mission to the Red Planet will reach its target in December, after a six-month journey. Mars Express will help scientists answer questions about the Martian landscape, atmosphere and the origin of life that remain open, although a wealth of information is already available.
Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch and initial orbital operations at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany, which will be acting as the main European press centre, or ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy and the Italian Space Agency, ASI, are organising a joint event at the University of Rome. ESA/Villafranca (VILSPA) and the CDTI, the Spanish institution in charge of space issues, are organising a joint event in Spain at the Museo Principe Felipe de la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.
Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to complete the attached reply form and fax it to the Communication Office at the establishment of their choice.
The ESA TV Service will provide live televised coverage of the launch and initial orbital operations with English commentary, between 19:15 and 22:00 CEST.
Satellite: Astra 2C at 19 degrees East
Reception frequency: 10832 MHz
Symbol rate: 22 Msymb/s
Service ID: 61950
Service name: ESA
Details of the transmission schedule and satellite details for the various pre-launch Video News Releases can be found on http://television.esa.int.
The launch can also be followed live on the internet at www.esa.int/marsexpresslaunch starting at 19:15 hrs. Here you can also find the launch diary, news, press releases, videos, images and more.
For further information, please contact:
ESA Media Relations Service
MARS EXPRESS LAUNCH ACCREDITATION FORM
Launch on Monday 2 June 2003
First name:____________________Surname :_____________________
Tel : ____________________ Fax :_____________________________
Mobile : _________________ e-mail :__________________________
I will be attending the Mars Express launch event at the following site:
Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany
Opening hours: 17.00-23.00 hrs
Contact point: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin
Tel:+49 6151 90 2696/2459
Fax: +49 6151 90 2961
Info line: +49 - 6151 - 90 26 09
[ ] The Netherlands
Location : Space Expo, visitors’ centre of ESA/ESTEC
Address: Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Opening hours: 18.00-22.30 hrs
Contact point: Michel van Baal
Tel:+31 71 565 3006 durig office hours
Tel:+31 6 511 83 553 (29 May-1 June)
Tel: +31 71 36 46 446 during launch event (Space Expo)
Fax: +31 71 565 5728
Info line: +31. 71 565 8016
Location: Rome University-Faculty of Space Engineering
Address: Via Eudossiana 16 – S. Pietro in Vincoli
Opening hours: from 18.15 hrs
Franca Morgia, ESA
Francesco Rea, ASI Tel:+39.06.8567235 [ ] Spain
Location: Auditorium, Museo Principe Felipe de la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Address: Avenida Autopista del Saler, 7 – 46013 Valencia
Opening hours: from 18:00
Contact point: Monica Oerke
Tel:+34. 91. 813.1327
Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.
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