Mars Express Coverge Details

On 2 June at 19:45 CEST (Central European Summer Time, 17.45 GMT/UTC) ESA’s Mars Express satellite will be launched by a Soyuz launcher from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Europe’s first mission to the Red Planet will reach its target in December, after a six-month journey. Mars Express will help scientists answer questions about the Martian landscape, atmosphere and the origin of life that remain open, although a wealth of information is already available.

The ESA TV Service will provide live televised coverage of the launch and initial orbital operations with English commentary, between 19:15 and 22:00 CEST.

Satellite: Astra 2C at 19 degrees East
Reception frequency: 10832 MHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol rate: 22 Msymb/s
FEC: 5/6
Service ID: 61950
Service name: ESA
TXT: none

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

The launch can also be followed live on the internet at starting at 19:15 hrs. Here you can also find the launch diary, news, press releases, videos, images and more.