September 28, 2009




An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for astronaut Nicole Stott KE5GJN with students at Trevigi Lower Secondary School in Casale Monferato, Italy.


Trevigi Lower Secondary School is a prestigious educational institution in the city centre of Casale Monferrato. Casale is a small town situated on the River Po, in Piedmont (Northern Italy). The 450 students, boys and girls, are between 11 and 14 years old.


The school offers a good standard education through several basic subjects of study that develop the studentís general knowledge. They also study English and French or Spanish as foreign languages.


A virtual travel in space, communicating with astronauts, is the final event of several school activities concerning Science, History, Geography, Maths, Information Technology and English. Also, it will help students to improve their communicative skills.

The contact will be a direct operated by ground station IK1SLD Friday 2 October 2009 at 14:46 UTC, which is 16:46 CEST.

Downlink signals will be audible over Central Europe on 145.800MHz FM.


The contact will be distributed on *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink servers.


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


1. LINDA: What do you feel when you are in space?


2. DANIELE: Is this your first time in space? If not, were you scared the first time?


3. AURORA: What is the temperature outside the ISS?


4. MATTIA: What can you see from the ISS?


5. CARLO: Why did you decide to become an astronaut?


6. VICTORIA: Is it more difficult to work in Space than on Earth?


7. MATTIA: Have you got a clock in your spacecraft?


8. ELOISA: What do you usually do in your free time?


9. EMANUELE: Is the team spirit important for a successful space enterprise?


10. ROXHER: What kind of experiments are you carrying out on board the ISS?


11. EDOARDO: What do you learn from your space experience?


12. SERENA: Do you miss your family and friends?


13. MACARENA: What did you study to become an astronaut?


14. NICOLE: What do you feel before and during take-off?


15. ELENA: What and how often do you eat or drink on board?


16. CLARA: Can you sleep well in the spaceship?


17. GIANLUCA: Has anybody ever hurt himself in the spaceship?


18. MARCO: Whatís the life like without gravity?


19. LUCA: How do the stars appear outside the atmosphere?


20. ALESSIA: Do you need a particular type of clothes on board?


21. ANGELICA: How many hours a day do you work?



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