ARISS CONTACT WITH GERMAN SCHOOL IN WEISKIRCHEN SUCCESSFUL
Weiskirchen is a small town in the german Bundesland
The contact was part of a special EU event : the exhibition "The Eye in the Sky", in relation to the fortieth anniversary of the moon-landing.
The school Ecole Primaire Erpeldange, Grand Duchy of Luxemburg,
participated to the event. The questions of the ARISS contact were prepared by
As an attraction for the juvenile visitors and with the goal to show amateur radio technique to future hams, the school contact coordinator Wolfgang Klein DD1WKS and his team set up a full satellite station for the simulation of a direct contact.
The audience was about 130 people. State Secretary of Economy and Science, Dr. Christian Ege, adressed the audience before the contact. Cornelia Hoffmann-Bethscheider, member of parliament and Mr. Dietz, Mayor of Merchweiler were also present.
The questions were read by 9 students from Weiskirchen and 5 students from Luxemburg, aged from to 15 years. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear all the time. Astronaut Frank de Winne answered 18 questions.
An audio recording of the radio contact will be appended to this News Bulletin, archived at
The contact was covered by several media: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk (radio broadcast and television), Saarbruecker Zeitung (newspaper) and Concept-TV (local TV production).
Participants were delighted.
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.
Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ