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Last radio contacts & News

Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA set records for amateur radio

ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli established 67 successfull ARISS school contacts during his three missions on International Space Station (ISS). More than 1000' (about 17 hours) spent for HAM Radio contacts with schools all over the world.

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Successful joint contact for S.G.B. De La Salle, Rome and Luigi Nono, Mira, Italy with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Thursday 30 November, 2017 at 08:04 UTC, 09:04 local time, students at S.G.B. De La Salle, Rome, Italy and Istituto Comprensivo Luigi Nono, Mira, Italy established a joint ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA, onboard the International Space Station.

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01 Oct.2017 Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA at HAM Radio station in Columbus module

About VITA mission website & ARISS

The goal of this website is to collect all the amateur radio activities performed by the Italian ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli, IZØJPA, during the VITA mission on board of the International Space Station.

Nespoli is an ISS increment 52/53 member, that will live on the ISS starting from July 2017 to mid December 2017 for his third spaceflight. VITA stands for Vitality, Innovation, Technology and Ability and was chosen by Italy’s ASI space agency, which is providing the mission through a barter agreement with NASA. In Italian, “vita” means “life”, reflecting the experiments that Paolo will run and the philosophical notion of living in outer space – one of the most inhospitable places for humans.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on board 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.