22 May 2007




An International Space Station ARISS school contact has been planned on Tuesday May 29th, 2007 with primary school Sainte Marie located in Suarlee, Belgium.The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:22 UTC which is 09:22 local time.


The contact will be a telebridge between stations W6SRJ and NN1SS. ARISS ground station W6SRJ is located in Santa Rosa, Califormnia. NA1SS will be operated by US astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB. 


Between Santa Rosa and Suarlee, the signals will be relayed by telephone line. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.  


The audio of this ARISS School Contact will be broadcast to the amateur radio worldwide community by EcholInk and IRLP.


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


IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010. 

You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at http://www.discoveryreflector.ca/listen.htm.


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


1. My name is Irem : What kind of experiments are you conducting on the ISS ? OVER


2. My name is Benoit : What kind of changes does the body experience in weightlessness ? OVER


3. My name is Varvara : Are living conditions very different in space from what they are on earth, for example eating and sleeping ? OVER


4. My name is Cedric : During these months in space, do you feel like you have missed something on earth ? OVER


5. My name is Lydie : Do you have any free-time on ISS during the day ? OVER


6. My name is Maxime : If you had to return to Earth for some reason, how quickly could you do it? OVER


7. My name is Lavinia : What kinds of things do you do for fun? OVER


8. My name is Thomas : When you are in space, do you think about the ecology of the earth ? OVER


9. My name is Floran : How are the relations between the astronauts during the mission? Will you stay in touch with them, once you are back on earth ? OVER


10. My name is Dorian : Did you bring some personal items with you, family portraits for example ? OVER


11. My name is Thomas : Up to now, what is your best souvenir of your mission to the ISS? Why ? OVER


12. My name is Martin : What do you think about space tourism ? Is it going to slow down your work ? OVER


13. My name is Elise : What kinds of things do you think about when you are looking at the Blue Planet? OVER


14. My name is Jordan : Is it sometimes possible for you to have a moment alone? OVER


15. My name is Alex : How do you keep up with the different time zones? What time is it currently aboard the ISS? OVER


16. My name is Melisande : During your training, do you have enough time to prepare everything you are going to do for 6 months ? OVER


17. My name is Kimberley : Is your health constantly monitored from earth ? OVER


18. My name is Jennifer : What are the benefits of having female crewmembers on ISS? OVER



Good luck to the school!



Gaston Bertels

ARISS-Europe chairman