December 09, 2009




An Expedition 21 ARISS school contact is planned with participants at Istituto Comprensivo di Govone –Scuola Secondaria di primo grado “Nino Costa” di Priocca, Priocca, Cuneo, Italy.


Two Junior High schools - "Nino Costa" of Priocca and "T.L. Dalmasso" of Govone - are integral part of the Comprehensive School of Govone in the  province of Cuneo. 


The municipal territories of the Comprehensive School of Govone are situated on the left bank of the river Tanaro. This district, which is hilly country, is called "Roero" and it is famous for its fine wines.  The inhabitants live mostly in the plain where the schools are located. The old town centre with the townhall is uphill.


The students come from the small towns of Govone, Priocca, Magliano Alfieri, Castellinaldo, San Damiano. The school is attended by about 300 pupils, aged between 3 and 13 years.


The direct ARISS contact is scheduled Monday 14 December 2009 at 08:30 UTC, which is 09:30 CEWT.


The event will be webcast on


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


1. Debora: What do you do in order to keep fit?


2. Francesco: How do you preserve food?


3. Ivan: Is it possible to keep plants on the ISS?


4. Alice: How is the quantity of food needed on board the ISS calculated?


5. Fabio: Can you drink carbonated drinks?


6. Francesca: Is the water on board recycled? If yes, does it taste different from the normal tap water?


7. Gabriele: After your fitness activity on board are you tired like on Earth?


8. Emanuele: How do you communicate with the control base on Earth?


9. Viviana: What are the physical reactions you notice when passing from gravity to microgravity?


10. Alessandro: How difficult is it to leave your family and beloved behind for a journey into Space?


11. Alberto: How did you develop your passion for astronomy?


12. Sveva: What kind of experiments do you carry out on board?


13. Luca: What kind of food do you have at your disposal?


14. Roberta: How many times a day do you eat?


15. Ilaria: What is a typical day like?


16. Sonia: What kind of idea about Space did you have before leaving and what do you think now?


17. Cristian: Does it get boring after a while?


18. Alice: Does living in Space increase or reduce weight?


19. Gloria: Are you prone to infectious diseases on board the ISS?


20. Giancarlo: What kind of vehicle takes you to the ISS?


21. Giuliano: How do astronauts wash themselves? How much water can they use?


22. Domenico: What do astronauts wear inside the spaceship?


23. Francesca: How long can an astronaut stay in orbit on the ISS?


24. Gabriele: How long does it take for the Shuttle to dock with the ISS?



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