December 12, 2008



Friday, 12 December 2008 at 14:14 UTC, i.e. 15:14 local time, “San Giuseppe” School, Mola di Bari, Italy, established a direct contact with US astronaut Mike Fincke KE5AIT on board the International Space Station. The Amateur Radio school station operated the contact with callsign IZ7EVR.


The students had been involved in the preparation of this ARISS event in different ways. The training of the students comprised educative activities related to space under guidance of the teachers’ team, listening ARISS contacts during the weeks before the ARISS event.

Mr. Michele Mallardi, IZ7EVR, the contact coordinator for this ISS contact, decided in favour of a direct contact. Before the contact ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF introduced the event with  ARISS presentation by VoIP conference. The questions were read by the pupils. The contact site was located in the school, where an audience of more than 250, students, parents, teachers, visitors and the mass media could follow the contact.

At 14:14 UTC, contact with OR4ISS was established by station IZ7EVR.

Commander Mike Fincke answered 20 questions. The sequence of the questions finished 2 minutes before LOS has allowed to thank astronaut for the participation and invite him to this school. The astronaut sent  greetings, speaking in Italian, at the beginning and at end of the contact. Thanks Mike! The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.


Some local media and newspapers covered the event.


Congratulations  to the “San Giuseppe” team!


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Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor


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