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World media at ESOC for Huygens landing

19/01/2005 462 views 0 likes
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During Huygens' record-setting 14 January descent to Titan's surface, 1.25 billion kilometres away, the focus for Earth-based media was the Main Control Room at ESA's Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany.

The Huygens probe separated from the Cassini orbiter on 25 December 2004 and entered Titan's atmosphere at 11:13 CET, 14 January 2005, and landed safely on its frozen ground at 13:45 CET.

Huygens' transmitter provides scientific bonus
It continued transmitting from the surface for over an hour, even after the Cassini orbiter dropped below Titan's horizon providing an unexpected bonus to waiting scientists. In all, Cassini received excellent data from the surface of Titan for 1 hour and 12 minutes.

Focus on Earth: Main Control Room

Activity in Main Control Room
Activity in Main Control Room

The event was controlled from ESOC's Main Control Room (MCR) from which ESA TV cameras broadcast live updates to the main press information room, set up in ESOC's largest conference room, and into satellite distribution.

The press room was packed throughout the day with 323 TV, radio, print and Web journalists from Europe, North America and Asia, including camera crews and technical staff.

Additionally, 343 guests and VIPs attended the day-long event.

Some of the best-known global media organizations were represented, including:

USA/Canada
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Associated Press
  • Discover Magazine
  • National Public Radio
  • The Discovery Channel
  • Cable News Network (CNN)
Germany
  • FAZ, ARD
  • N 24 TV
  • Die Zeit
  • Deutsche Welle
  • Geo Magazine
  • Spiegel Online
UK
  • BBC News
  • Reuters TV
  • The Guardian
  • The Sunday Times
France
  • Le Figaro
  • Espace Magazine
  • Agence France Presse
Italy
  • Il Corriere Della Sera
  • La Repubblica/Le Scienze
Israel
  • Israeli TV/Channel 2 News
Australia
  • ABC TV
Japan
  • Nihon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)

Below are a selection of images taken during the Huygens event at ESOC, highlighting the guests, visitors, mission staff and ESA communications team.

Live TV coverage provided by several broadcasters
Live TV coverage provided by several broadcasters

Guests, staff and 323 media members crowd into the press room
Guests, staff and 323 media members crowd into the press room

Edelgard Buhlman, German Minister of Education and Research & ESA Council Chair with ESA DG Dordain
Edelgard Buhlman, German Minister of Education and Research & ESA Council Chair with ESA DG Dordain

Claudio Sollazzo, Huygens Spacecraft Operations Manager
Claudio Sollazzo, Huygens Spacecraft Operations Manager

Science team presents initial results
Science team presents initial results

Press crowd at ESOC
Press crowd at ESOC

ESA Director of Science D. Southwood at ESOC
ESA Director of Science D. Southwood at ESOC

ESA communications staff supporting Huygens' landing
ESA communications staff supporting Huygens' landing

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