June 10, 2009


As already announced, Friday 12 June at 06.52 UTC, which is 08.52 CEST, "A.Bafile" college in L'Aquila, Italy will establish direct radio contact with the ISS.

This contact will be webcast by:


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

1. How were you informed about the devastating earthquake that struck our city?
2. I have read about "LAZIO-EAGLE" and "VSPLESK" experiments on ISS.  Are they related to earthquake forecasting? Are they still on?
3. Can we send you any photos about what we are experiencing in
4. Have you ever been in
Italy? And in Abruzzo region?
5. Do you have the opportunity to communicate with your family or your friends?
6. What are the most important experiments you are now performing on ISS?
7. Are there now experiments conceived by Italian schools?
8. Can you hear the sound of a thunderstorm from there?
9. When you were a child, did you ever dream to go to the space?
10. How do you cope in space with the needs of daily life such as drinking, eating, sleeping, having a shower?
11. Which is the maximum number of astronauts that can live on ISS for a long period?
12. Why the name OASISS for your mission?
13. Could you say something about OASISS support of the UNICEF?
14. When did you decide to become an astronaut?
15. Which is the youngest astronaut that ever was onboard ISS?
16. How do you prepare yourself to live in space?
17. Can you drink a "caffe espresso" on ISS?
18. Can you produce a soap-bubble inside ISS?
19. What would you say to encourage young people to become astronauts?
20. Would you like to explore the Moon?

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 Chairman