Mars Express and Water on Mars / ESA TV News / 15-03-2007

Status Report From: ESA Broadcast Centre
Posted: Thursday, March 15, 2007

The next transmission of the ESA TV Service will be:

15-Mar-07 20:15 - 20:30 GMT

Mars Express and Water on Mars


Background information on the transmission:

Replay: 17 March 2007 - 11:30-11:45 GMT

Tomorrow, a major scientific journal will publish findings from Mars Express data. The embargo for this story expires at 18:00 GMT, when ESA will publish the story on its portal:

As background footage for the story, a replay is made of last October's TV Exchange on Mars Express and Water on Mars:

Since December 2003, ESA's Mars Express has been studying the Red Planet with a special quest: to collect more evidence that water once flowed on the planet - and could well still be present. For nearly three years, the probe?s instruments have delighted scientists and public alike, with breath-taking views of the planet ? its mesas, volcanoes, calderas and numerous dry riverbeds.

Today's Exchange features Mars Express' successful search for water, before the spotlight will be on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which in many instances is a successor to Mars Express. Focusing on the stereo camera HRSC, the MARSIS radar and the OMEGA sounder, the programme includes new 3-D animations and stills, plus soundbites by ESA's Gerhard Schwehm and Mars Express scientists Jean-Pierre Biebring (Paris), John Murray (Milton Keynes, UK) and Gerhard Neukum (Berlin) (English, French, German).

The script is online as a PDF file under

A WMV preview file is online under

This ESA TV Exchanges feed is transmitted by the European Commission's "Europe by Satellite" (EbS) service. You can find the complete transmission schedule and download scripts and shot lists, also for ESA TV items, from the EbS Web site at

More background information can be found on after 18:00 GMT.

Transmission details:

Sirius 2 at 4.8 degrees East, Transponder B1, Horizontal (Europe by Satellite)

F=11727.5 MHz, Symbol rate 27500 MS/sec, FEC 3/4

Audio pids: International sound=201 English=202

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