An ARISS School Contact is scheduled with the “College Georges Brassens of Saint Mard”, and the “Jacques Prevert” school.

The two schools of Saint-Mard are located at approximately 45 km to the North-East of Paris (France). There are about 600 pupils aged from 10 -15 years. A technical and scientific workshop called SYNTHESES 3D was created last year. This is a new efficient way of discovering scientific topics (like astronomy, the earth, and communications). The children work very hard every week on the satellites and the ISS (by learning radio technology and using computers equipped with 3D animation and modelling software).

Here are the questions prepared by the pupils, which will be read by their teacher, Jocelyn RAFFRAY, who is a licensed radioamateur. For this contact he will be using his callsign F5CAR.

1. The first question is from Geraldine and Melanie. What is the reason to do research onboard the ISS and why do astronauts go to space? OVER.

2. Angelique asks if the forest fires in Europe were visible from the ISS last summer? OVER.

3. This is the question of Alexandra and Roxanne. Why did you choose to be an astronaut ? OVER.

4. Estelle would like to know how your family and your friends feel when you leave for space? OVER.

5. Floriane and Kamie are asking if it is difficult to come back to earth ? OVER.

6. Here is a question from Tommy and Josephine. What is it like to be on the ISS? OVER.

7. Helena and Maxime are curious about the temperature inside and outside the ISS? OVER.

8. A question from Cyril and Mildred.  What do you eat in space and how do take your meals ? OVER.

9. Geoffrey’s question is: What do you experience as the most disturbing aboard the ISS? OVER.

10. Remy wonders if you have time for leisure and personal activities? OVER.

11. Wafila would like to know what you find most fascinating in space? OVER.

12. Jonathan and Lucie are asking if you have a bed to go to sleep? OVER.

13. Quentin is asking how you manage to shave and wash? OVER.

14. Florian and Sabrina are asking how long you will stay on board ? OVER.

15. A question from Audrey: What do you do with your waste? OVER.

16. Christophe wonders how you can know what time it is, since you see the sun rise several times a day ? OVER.

17. Jonathan would like to know what you did feel during lift-off ? OVER.

18. A question from Angelique and Audrey. Have you ever been hit by dust particles? OVER.

19. Florent is asking what you can see of our solar system? OVER.

20. Amandine and Laurianne would like to know if you have done space walks ? OVER.


Interested parties are invited to listen to the answers of astronaut Mike Foale on the downlink frequency 145.800 MHz FM.

The acquisition of signal is predicted Thursday April 1 at 18:27 UTC, which is 20:27 in continental Europe.


Gaston Bertels

ARISS-Europe chairman