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STS122 with Columbus and the ARISS-EU antennas launchtomorrow

Hi All,

The ARISS-Europe L/S band antennas are now mounted on the outside of Columbus which is safely located in the cargo bay of Shuttle Atlantis prior to its scheduled launch tomorrow. 

The flight will be covered by NASA-TV as usual and their 150kb video stream is also available over the internet. For this flight ESA are also relaying  the program(me) over the Atlantic Bird 1 satellite for viewers in Europe who have a FTA satellite system. Details from ESA are given below.

As the antennas are on the "bottom" of Atlantis they will not become visible until it has been completely removed from the cargo bay prior to mating it with the Harmony module of the ISS during the first EVA on  flight day 4.

Exciting times!


Graham G3VZV

The next Shuttle mission to the ISS, STS-122 with European astronauts 
> Leopold Eyharts and Hans Schlegel on board, has now been confirmed for 
> launch at 21.31 GMT on 6 December from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. It 
> will carry the European Columbus laboratory into orbit, establishing 
> Europe as a full partner in the operation and utilisation of man's 
> permanent science outpost in space.
> ESA TV will provide re-broadcast of NASA TV for the following key events:
> Wednesday 5 Dec 2007, 17:50 - 19:00 GMT (Sat coordinates below): Briefing 
> from KSC with ESA and NASA mission managers on Columbus mission and 1st 
> ATV mission.
> Thursday 6 Dec 2007, 16:25 - 22:00 GMT (Sat coordinates below): Full relay 
> of NASA TV coverage of pre-launch events and launch (scheduled at 21:31 
> GMT).
> Monday 10 Dec 2007: Columbus module 1st ingress (scheduled at 22:06 GMT).
> Wednesday 12 Dec 2007: Mission inflight call (scheduled at 14:51 GMT) with 
> German Chancellor Angela Merkel and ESA DG Jean Jacques Dordain (Eyharts 
> and Schlegel plus mission commanders participating)
> Friday 14 Dec 2007: Joint Crew News Conference (scheduled at 16:31 GMT).
> Monday 17 Dec 2007: Landing (scheduled at 17:29 GMT).
> Also, daily mission highlights will be re-broadcast from NASA (starting 
> Fri 7 Dec at 06:00 GMT).
> Further announcements/timings will follow with full detail of launch day 
> coverage and all further events.
>  >
> All NASA TV programming is subject to last-minute changes. We will do our 
> best to deliver late advisory/updates in the event of changing schedules.
> The line-up time for all these SCPC feeds will be 5 minutes
> More background information can be found on: 
> http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
> Satellite coordinates for Weds 5 Dec and Thurs 6 Dec:
> Eutelsat Atlantic Bird 1 (AB1) at 12.5degW, Transponder F5, Channel C, F = 
> 12642.75MHz, Pol = horizontal,SR = 6.1113 Ms/s, FEC = 3/4, signal MPEG2 
> 4:2:0 in the clear
> For events after launch - please see further announcements.
> For the latest transmission schedule, go to http://television.esa.int. 
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