HOUSTON — For the first time, NASA Television will provide high definition footage of the pre-launch events and liftoff of an International Space Station crew aboard a Soyuz spacecraft. NASA astronaut and Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Andrey Borisenko will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 4 at 5:18 p.m. CDT (6:18 a.m. Baikonur time on April 5).
The HD video from Baikonur will air on NASA TV’s HD channel and standard definition channels. The schedule includes (all times Central): Friday, April 1 2 p.m. – Video File of the Soyuz TMA-21 rocket mating and crew activities in Baikonur Saturday,
April 2 11 a.m. – Video File of the rocket rollout to the launch pad in Baikonur Sunday,
April 3 4 p.m. – Video File of the Russian State Commission meeting and final pre-launch crew news conference in Baikonur Monday, April 4 3:45 p.m. – Video File of the crew pre-launch activities in Baikonur 4:30 p.m. – Launch coverage (launch scheduled at 5:18 p.m.) from Baikonur 8 p.m. – Video File of pre-launch, launch and post-launch interviews In continental North America, Alaska and Hawaii, NASA TV’s high definition and standard definition channels are MPEG-2 digital C-band signals carried by QPSK/DVB-S modulation on satellite AMC-3, transponder 15C, at 87 degrees west longitude.
Downlink frequency is 4000 MHz, horizontal polarization, with a data rate of 38.86 Mhz, symbol rate of 28.1115 Ms/s, and 3/4 FEC. A Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) compliant Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD) is needed for reception.
For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
For more information about the International Space Station and the Expedition 27 crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station