September 16, 2009


An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at Space Expo, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


This is a regular ARISS contact arranged for Delta Researcher Schools every year as part of the commitment to DRS that ESA has entered into during the time of Andre Kuipers Delta Mission to the ISS. This agreement was made between The Ministry of Education in the Netherlands, ESA and NASA in 2004.
It is based around the model of the NASA Explorer schools.

The children come from Delta schools all over the Netherlands and the questions are selected after a competition. As there are now 45 Delta schools it gives a chance for all the schools to have a chance to speak to an astronaut.

The children are from 10-12 years old from upper primary school level. 3 children from each school will be attending and there are 12 schools represented on this day. 12 of the children will be trained before hand to ask the questions which this time will be in Dutch.They will each ask the question that won them the place at this event.

There will be a short presentation to the children explaining to them the concept of remote communication and ham radio by an ARISS expert. There will also be information about Frank De Winne and footage of his activities on board the ISS as well as information about the ISS. These children have been involved in learning about the ISS and Human spaceflight as part of their Delta School project.

The contact is scheduled on Friday 18 September at 15:55 UTC, which is 17:55 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by VK4KHZ, in Queensland, Australia. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink*AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers.

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


1. Nick. Hoe zit het met het besturen van het ruimteschip? Hebben jullie een stuur ?

How is the spaceship steered? Do you have a steering wheel?


2. Hoe worden meningverschillen aan boord opgelost?

How do you resolve differences of opinion onboard?


3. Merle. Waarom zijn ruimtepakken altijd wit?

Why are space suits always white?


4. Nynke. Als je moet huilen, komen er dan tranen of bubbels (bellen) uit je ogen?

When you cry in space will your tears come out as bubbles from your eyes?


5. Floor. Kunt u vanaf uw ruimtestation Nederland en BelgiŽ zien?

Can you see the Netherlands or Belgium from the space station?


6. Fabienne. Wat gaat u doen als u zich verveelt?

What do you do when you are bored?


7. Willem. U bent heel lang in de ruimte. Hoe gaat het afval weg?

You are a long time in space. How do you get rid of your waste (rubbish)?


8. Charlotte. Wat is uw levelingseten op aarde en wat in het ISS?

What is your favourite food on earth and in space?


9. Anna-Flor. Wat neemt u mee de ruimte in dat niet direct nodig is?

What do you take to space that you donít really need?


10. Emily. Is het nodig om proeven in de ruimte te doen, kan dat niet gewoon op aarde?

Is it necessary to do tests in space that you can just do on earth?


11. Jamylee. Als er zich plotseling een noodsituatie voordoet, hoe worden jullie dan gered?

If there is suddenly an emergency, how can you be rescued?


12. Emma. Heeft u wel eens iets belangrijks ontdekt in de ruimte? Zo ja, wat?

Have you discovered something really important in space? If so, what?


13. Daniel. Is er daar in de ruimte een klok? En op welke tijd loopt die klok?

Is there a clock in space? On what time does it run?


14. Hoe zien astronauten of er ruimteschroot in de baan van de ISS aanwezig is? Welke maatregelenworden genomen om een botsing te voorkomen?

How do astronauts see if there are space debris in the path of the ISS what measures are taken toprevent a collision?


15. Renske. Hoe krijg je licht in de ruimte?

How do you get light in space?


16. Reinate. Heb je in de ruimte ook verschil tussen dag en nacht?

Is there a difference in day and night in space?


17. Eveline. Wat is er anders dan tijdens uw eerste bezoek aan het ISS?

What is different from your first visit on the ISS?


18. Isabelle. U moet in ISS allerlei experimenten doen die van tevoren zijn afgesproken. Als u nu ineens een geweldig experiment in ISS bedenkt, mag u dat dan stiekem uitvoeren? Of is dat onmogelijk?

You have to do all sorts of experiments that are previously agreed on the ISS. If a fantastic idea comes to mind would you run this experiment secretly or is that impossible?


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