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N° 13–2004: ESA’s Rosetta launch re-scheduled - Follow the Rosetta launch from an ESA establishment

1 March 2004

After two successive delays, the launch of Rosetta is now scheduled for Tuesday 2 March at 04:17 a.m. or 04:37 a.m. Kourou time (08:17 or 08:37 a.m. CET) on board an Ariane-5 launcher from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.


Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch of Rosetta and initial orbital operations at ESA/Darmstadt (ESOC) in Germany - which will be acting as the main European press centre - ESA/HQ in Paris, ESA/Noordwijk (ESTEC) in the Netherlands or ESA/Frascati (ESRIN) in Italy. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interviews.

Media representatives wishing to attend are asked 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 05:30 and 10:30 GMT:

Satellite : ASTRA 2C at 19 degrees East

Transponder 57, horizontal, MPEG-2, MCPC

Frequency 10832 MHz, Symbol Rate 22000 MS/sec, FEC = 5/6

Service Name: ESA TV

Details of the transmission schedule and the various pre-launch Video News Releases can be found on

For more information on the Rosetta mission and the launch activities, visit the ESA web pages at:

For more information on the ESA science programme, visit :

For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Division

Tel: +33(0)

Fax: +33(0)



Launch on Tuesday 2nd March 2004

First Name____________________Surname :____________________


Tel : ________________________ Fax:________________________

Mobile : _____________________ e-mail:_____________________

I will be attending the ROSETTA launch event at the following site:

[ ]Germany:

Location: ESA/ESOC

Address: Robert-Bosch Strasse 5, Darmstadt, Germany

Opening hours: 7:00–13:00

Contact: Jocelyne Landeau-Constantin

Tel: +49(0) 6151.90.26.96

Fax: +49(0)6151.90.29.61

Info line: +49(0)6151.90.26.09

[ ] The Netherlands

Location : ESA/ESTEC Visitors' Centre SPACE EXPO

Address: Keplerlaan, 3, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

Opening hours: 07:00-12:00

Contact: Heidi Graf

Tel: +31(0) ( during event only ) - Fax: +31(0)71.565.5728

Info line: +31(0)71.565.8016

[ ]Italy

Location: Magellan Conference Room - ESA/ESRIN

Address: Via G. Galilei, Frascati (Rome), Italy

Opening hours: 07:45-12:00

Contact: Simonetta Cheli

Tel:+39.06.9418.0350 - Fax:+39.06.9418.0352

[ ] France

Location: ESA HQ

Address: 8/10, rue Mario Nikis

Opening hours: 07:30-12:00

Contact : Anne-Marie Rémondin

Tel:+33.(0) - Fax:+33.(0)

Please complete the form and fax it to the site of your choice.


For further information:

ESA Media Relations Division

Tel: +33(0)

Fax: +33(0)