03 June 2007




An International Space Station ARISS school contact has been planned on Friday June 8th, 2007 with Colegio La Salle located in Palencia, Spain.The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:55 UTC which is 12:55 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 Palencia 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/ At what moment did you discover that you wanted to become an astronaut?


2/ What did you have to study to become an astronaut?


3/ Did you need to speak other languages than English to be selected for this mission?


4/ Has your country offered you facilities to become an astronaut ?


5/ Now that you are in space, what do you miss most?


6/ What is taken into account when selecting individuals for a mission to space?


7 /Do you get more tired when you are in space than when you are on earth?


8/ How many hours a day do you  have to work when you are on the space station?


9/ In your free time,  do you play cards or something? Can you watch TV?


10/ Have you ever seen a  flying saucer or any space ship from another planet?


11/ Do you listen to music?


12/ What do you feel when you are floating for so long a time?


13/ What did you have today for breakfast, lunch and dinner?


14/ How many calories do you get everyday?


15/ What is the way for you to be able to differentiate days from nights?


16/ Are there different  rooms  in the space ship or is there only one  in which you spend all the time?


17/ Have you made any important discovery lately?


18/ Can your family get in touch with you through the phone?


19/ Can you connect to the Internet?


20/ Can you take a shower in the space station?


Good luck to the school!



Gaston Bertels

ARISS-Europe chairman