May 8, 2009



An Expedition 19 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Belgian Space Days, Brabanthal, Leuven, Belgium on Sunday 10 May 2009. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10.55 UTC, which is 12.55 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

ARISS VOIP coordinator Graham Lawton G7EVY will distribute the radiocontact over *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* Conference nodes.

For the 5th time VRI Ė Flemish Space Industries Ė organizes with the support of the Federal and Flemish government the Flemish Space Days. This year the event will focus especially on the new mission of the Belgian ESA astronaut Frank De Winne and on the International Year of Astronomy.

In the Brabanthal, Leuven the Flemish space and aviation industry, research centres and educational institutes will show their latest technological and scientific developments to students and the large public. On Friday May 8th the Flemish schools are invited in order to try to stimulate young people to choose for a technical or scientific career.

Different booths occupied by space and aviation industry, research centres and other actors in the field of aeronautics and astronomy will lead the visitor into the fascinating world of space. Workshops and lectures will highlight the applications of space technology in daily life.

The ARISS Space Talk will be conducted by students from several schools who have submitted questions.

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

1. Donít you get dizzy from floating around in the ISS?

2. What is the greatest disadvantage of living in weightlessness?

3. Is it quiet in the Space Station or do the space station and the instruments make a lot of noise?

4. Do you have to do a lot of unforeseen repairs on the Space Station?

5. Do you have free time and what do you do then?

6. How warm is it inside the ISS and how cold is it outside?

7. How long do you have to do physical exercises a day?

8. Is it true that you are taller in space than on earth?

9. Do you see the Moon from the space station and do you see it in the same way as from Earth?

10. What would happen if you leave the space station without a space suit?

11. Can you see the Sun from the Space Station and does it ever get dark in the ISS?

12.Do you see the same starry sky as from Earth?

13. Can you watch TV in the ISS or make a phone call?

14. How do you sleep? Floating?

15. Is the astronaut suit comfortable?

16. Donít you ever quarrel being together for such a long time in a small place?

17. How do you go the toilet?

18. What do you miss the most in space?

19. There arenít any showers in the ISS. How do you wash your hair?

20. Is the astronaut food tasteful?


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 onboard 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