December 9, 2008



An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at 2 Circolo Didattico, San Giuseppe, Mola di Bari, Italy on 12 December. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14.18 UTC, which 15.18 CEWT.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and IZ7EVR. The contact should be audible over most of
Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The participants are
expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Didactic Center "San Giuseppe" is located in Mola di Bari, a city in Southern Italy. The school center includes two primary schools and three kindergartens. There are more than 800 pupils and 70 teachers. The
primary schools have multimedia facilities and scientific laboratories. The pupils play an active role in a numerous projects, they gain experience on music, dance, theatre, physical education and more.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How do you feel in Space?
2. How many satellites are flying in the Earth's orbit?
3. How do you rest onboard the ISS?
4. What studies are necessary to become an astronaut?
5. Which tools do you use when you work outside the ISS?
6. Can you see the hole in the ozone layer from the ISS?
7. How is the junction between two spaceships made?
8. Why do you have zero gravity in Space?
9. Have you ever seen anything strange outside the ISS?
10. What do you see at this moment when you look through the window of the ISS?
11. How do you wash yourself?
12. Do you see any planet from the ISS?
13. How do you communicate with your family?
14. How do you spend your free time?
15. How do you carry out chemical experiments without gravity?
16. Is it fun to live onboard the ISS?
17. How do you cook your food without gravity?
18. How long does it take from Earth to the ISS?
19. How is the spacesuit made of?
20. What is the temperature inside the ISS?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see,
first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning.



Gaston Bertels - ON4WF

ARISS-Europe chairman