October 26, 2009




An Expedition 20 ARISS school contact is planned for ISS Commander Frank De Winne with participants at Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland.


New Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw will comprise hundreds of interactive exhibits where children, young people and adults can conduct experiments demonstrating how the world around us works.


Copernicus Science Centre set up a competition for children up to age 16. Participants propose a name for asteroid no. 66,189 and write a story about the name. The winning name will become the asteroid's official name and its author will receive a professional telescope.


The Copernicus contact is scheduled on Tuesday 27 October 2009 at 09:34 UTC, which is 10:34 CEWT. This will be a telebridge contact conducted by ARISS ground station VK4KHZ, Queensland, Australia.


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


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


1. How does food stay fresh in space? Do you have a fridge?

2. Can you eat, just like we do, with a knife and a fork? Can you eat from a plate and will it stay there during dinner?

3. How do you organise for sleep and meals, as there is no night and day?

4. How do you keep fit in space?

5. Do You conduct any medical exploration, e.g. concerning cancer?

6. How do you sleep in the space? How long?

7. How do you wash yourself on the ISS?

8. How long do you work every day?

9. How much younger will you be, when you return to the earth?

10. How can you wash your clothes in space?

11. How do astronaut women wash and dry their long hair?

12. Can you watch TV in the space station?

13. Is in the International Space Station noisy?

14. Can you see more stars from the ISS than from the earth?

15. How can I become an astronaut? What sort of training was required to prepare for this mission?

16. Can you see the Great Wall of China from space ?

17. Where do you store water?

18. From where do you have water? Is it true, that you "produce" water on the ISS?

19. How do you drink water, juice, tea without gravity?

20. Is it true that without gravity an astronaut grows nearly 5 cm? Did you grow?


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