October 22, 2007




An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at "Giosue Carducci" school in Santa Marinella, Italy on Tuesday 23 October 2007. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:51 UTC which is 12:53 European continental time.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and IZ0LRI. The contact should be audible in most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink. In addition, the audio should be available via IRLP and EchoLink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

The GIOSUE’ CARDUCCI secondary school is located in the town of
Santa Marinella, 60 km northwest of Rome. The classes having the ARISS QSO comprise students (boys and girls) aged 12 to 15 years old.  The ARISS activity is well integrated into the school curriculum with the Programme called GUGLIELMO MARCONI. This project is about the Research and Experiments conducted by Guglielmo Marconi at the NATIONAL RADIOELECTRIC CENTRE established in the town. Marconi conducted experiments with microwaves, RADAR, Radio Mobile Telephone and the use of the moon as reflector. Marconi bounced off waves from the town to the moon.


Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. My name is Cristiana. How long can you guys stay in space without getting any damages to your organism? OVER

2. My name is Micaela. What should I do to become an Astronaut? OVER

3. My name is Leonardo. When will you finish to assemble the International Space Station? OVER

4. My name is Valerio. What was the most exciting thing in your mission? OVER

5. My name is Enzo. Is there any risk to get infected by an unknown virus? OVER

6. My name is Mattia. How do you wash yourself ? OVER

7. My name is Francio. How do you get zero gravity in the International Space Station ? OVER

8. My name is Vitaliano. How is the landscape around you? OVER

9. My name is Cristian. Are you updated about what is going on on Earth? OVER

10. My name is Francesca. When necessary should an astronaut steer the International Space Station? If so, how can you do it? OVER

11. My name is Martina. How much training did you do to get ready for space? OVER

12. My name is Chiara. Do you miss your family and how do you overcome your homesickness? OVER

13. My name is Marco. Do you take turns to sleep? Do you float when you sleep? OVER

14. My name is Edoardo. Are there any failures in the International Space Station? If so, can you repair it? OVER

15. My name is Giada. Have you got your free time? OVER

16. My name is Giuseppe. What time is it now on the International Space Station ? OVER

17. My name is Simone. What is the amount of your food and oxygen reserve? OVER

18. My name is Davide. What kind of disadvantages does zero-gravity produce? OVER

19. My name is Eleonora. Where does the electric power come from on the International Space Station? OVER

20. My name is Francesco. How often is the shift of the astronauts on the International Space Station? OVER


Success to the school and listening in ground stations!



Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

ARISS-Europe chairman