September 5, 2009



An Expedition 20 ARISS school contact is planned for Frank De Winne, ON1DWN with Atheneum Middenschool, Keerbergen, Belgium.
The contact is scheduled on Thursday 10 September 2009 at 09:31 UTC, which is 11:31 CEST.


The contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ in California. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink  *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers and on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010.  

This high school, for students who are in the first grade, is a part of  the Koninklijk Atheneum Keerbergen.  The school has about 560 students, 12 to 14 years old. Participation to the ARISS project is linked with the course “Technological Education”.  The students have a project that has to do with transportation.  The purpose is to design and make a transportation device that is friendly to the environment.  The project is supported by a syllabus where the students learn about the different means of transportation.  Space travel is a big part of this project.


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


1. Hoe voelt de lancering en de landing?

How does the launch and landing?


2. Wat vind je van het zweven?

Do you like to float?


3. Moet je altijd een ruimtepak aan?

Do you always have to wear a space suit?


4. Hoe ga je in de ruimte naar het toilet?

How do you go to the toilet in space?


5. Hoe hou je contact met je familie en vrienden?

How do you stay in touch with your family and friends?


6. Waarom ga je graag naar de ruimte?

Why do you want to go into space?


7. Wat eten jullie in de ruimte?

What do you eat in space?


8. Aan wat denk je als je naar onze aarde kijkt?

What do you think when you look at our home planet?


9. Wat doe je in je vrije tijd aan boord?

When you have some free time, what can you do?


10. Wat gebeurt er als er een satteliet op jullie afkomt?

What happens when a satellite is on a collision course with the iss?


11. Hoe voelt de gang van de zwaartekracht naar gewichtloosheid?

How does the transit from gravity to weightlessness feel?


12.  Is het moeilijk om met veel mensen in een kleine ruimte samen te leven?

Is it difficult to live with the other astronauts in such a small space?


13. Kunnen jullie naar TV kijken in de ruimte?

Can you watch TV in space?


14. Hoe slapen jullie in het ISS?

How do you sleep on board the ISS?


15. Wanneer is het voor jullie dag, en nacht?

When is it day, and night for you on the ISS?


16. Heb je bang dat er iets fout kan lopen?

Are you afraid that something can go wrong?


17. Kan je in de ruimte ook "ruimteziek" worden?

Can you get spacesick?


18. Hoe keer je terug naar de aarde?

How do you return to the earth?


19. Hoe krijgen jullie in het ISS elektriciteit en verwarming?

 How do you get electricity and heating in the ISS?


20. Wat moet je studeren om astronaut te kunnen worden?

What studies are required to become an astronaut?

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