The launch of ESA's DELTA mission to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan is currently scheduled for 19 April at 05:18 Central European Summer time (03:18 UT - 09:18 local time).
Docking with the ISS is scheduled for 21 April at about 07:00 CEST (05:00 UT - 09:00 Moscow time), with the opening of the hatch at 08:25 CEST. The return to Earth is currently planned on 30 April.
ESA astronaut André Kuipers, a Dutch national, starts this 10-day mission in company with the NASA astronaut Edward Michael Fincke and the Russian Gennady Padalka, the next ISS crew. The main objectives of this flight are to carry out a full programme of scientific experiments, technology demonstrations and educational activities and to relieve the Expedition - 8 crew (the American Michael Foale and the Russian Alexander Kaleri).
Media representatives in Europe can follow the launch and/or docking phases at ESA/HQ in Paris, France, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, (Space Expo), in the Netherlands, ESA/ESRIN, Frascati, in Italy, or ESA/ESOC, Darmstadt, in Germany. At each site ESA specialists will be available for interview.
Those wishing to attend are asked to complete the reply form at:
and fax it to the Communications Office at the establishment of their choice.
The ESA TV service will rebroadcast the NASA-TV live coverage of the launch, with English commentary, between 04:30 and 05:30 CEST. Details of the transmission schedule and the various pre-launch video news releases can be found on http://television.esa.int as from 13 April 2004.
On the Delta launch special website at http://www.esa.int/delta you can also find news, press releases, videos, images and more about the mission.
Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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