09 April 2007




An International Space Station ARISS school contact has been planned with students of Delta Researchers Schools, gathered at ESA/Space Expo, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:25 UTC.


The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and NN1SS. NA1SS will be operated by Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria. The contact should be audible in portions of Central and Eastern North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. 


Additional listening options are listed below. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.  


IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010. 

You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at



EchoLink -  The audio from this contact will be available on the EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208) conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.


Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Fatima. Do you ever have disagreements on the ISS?

2. Guy. How do you become an astronaut?

3. Nina. When you disembark from a boat, it often feels like the earth is moving under your feet. What is the feeling upon returning from space?

4. Max. What and how do you eat in space? Is the food good?

5. Pieter-Bas. Can you breathe on the ISS? Where does the oxygen come from?

6. Niek. Sometimes there are magnetic storms in space, as a result of coronal mass ejections on the sun. Can a spacesuit withstand such a storm, or must astronauts go inside?

7. Genimah. Why did you become an astronaut?

8. Julia. Can you smell in space?

9. Viva. Do you miss your family?

10. Tim. What was the most remarkable thing you have ever seen in space?

11. Thom. There is a lot of debris floating around in space. Why hasnít the ISS been hit yet? Is it in a special orbit around the earth?

12. Kiki. Can you send text messages from space? And can you internet in space?

13. Eva. What does it feel like to be in space?

14. Do you have to chew something during take off?

15. Brian. How does the ISS stay on course? Do you have to steer, and if so, how do you do this while you sleep?

16. Viva. Would fish in an aquarium in space know that they are weightless?

17. Tim. What was your first thought when you travelled into space?

18. Guy. What happens when you make music in space?

19. Brian. Do watches work in space? Which time zone do you use?

20. Kiki. If you fill a balloon with helium and let go of it on the ISS, where would it go?


Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual.


ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, an international working group of several amateur radio societies from countries participating to the ISS, provides a free educational outreach programme in collaboration with the Space Agencies, involving a worldwide team of volunteering amateur radio operators.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS-Europe chairman