Nasa To Show Their Next Launch In HD

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Nasa is planning to stream their next launch in HD. This will be the first time Nasa will show a launch in HD on their online HDTV channel. The ISS crew will fly out to the ISS in the Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Make sure you’re around for the launch on April 4th at 5:18 pm EST.

You can watch the events leading up to the launch, along with the launch, here.

Press Release

HOUSTON, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — 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