Luca Parmitano inflight call with Italian Prime Minister

Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | 13:20 - 13:40 GMT | 15:20 - 15:40 CEST

Type: ESA TV Live

Format: 16:9

On Friday 19 July 1520 Rome time, Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano will talk from orbit with the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome.
Luca Parmitano launched as a Flight Engineer with the ISS Expedition 36 crew on 29 May. As well as carrying out a busy science programme in the Columbus laboratory, he has been extremely busy with unloading of the ATV-4 cargo vehicle that arrived in June. He carried out a highly successful spacewalk on 9 July.
On his second spacewalk on 16 July,  just over an hour into the sortie, Luca reported water floating in his helmet and NASA Mission Control decided to end the spacewalk early.
He will remain on ISS through Expedition 37, returning to Earth sometime in November.
At Palazzo Chigi, the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta will be joined by ASI President Enrico Saggese and ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations Thomas Reiter.

For event enquiries please contact:
ASI : Pina Piccirilli: +39 335 8356687
ESA : Franca Morgia: +39 3358356687

Satellite Parameters:

1320-1340 GMT / 1520-1540 CET (satellite up 1300/1500)
Eutelsat 7A (ex W3) at 7degE

Transponder B6 Channel F (9MHz)

D/l freq = 11171.83 MHz polarisation Y / vertical

Signal: SD MPEG2 4:2:0 clear, SR = 5.632, FEC = ¾

Modulation: DVBS/QPSK audio PIDs open/mono

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