April 7, 2010




Tuesday, 6 April 2010 at 10:47 UTC, i.e. 12:47 local time, Alcide De Gasperi School at “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza”, promoted by University of Bari, Italy established a direct radio contact with NASA astronaut Timothy J. Creamer KC5WKI on board the International Space Station.


Mr. Michele Mallardi, IZ7EVR operated the radio contact. The questions were read by pupils and one teacher of De Gasperi School in Noicattaro, near Bari, South Italy. The contact site is located at ”Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza”, promoted by University of Bari. The “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza” is a permanent structure whose main aim is to diffuse scientific culture and related technologies.


An audience of more than 100 students, teachers, visitors and media assiste to the contact. Before the contact, ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF introduced the event and ARISS activities with a presentation.


At 10:47 UTC, contact with NA1SS was established by station IZ7EVR. Astronaut Timothy J. Creamer KC5WKI answered 22 questions. The signals from the ISS were loud and clear all the time.


Local media and newspapers covered the event. The audio and video of the event was distributed by webcast on http://it.justin.tv/cittadella and http://www.cittadellamediterraneadellascienza.it/ - about 500 contacts by webstreaming through Europe and America.


Congratulations to University of Bari staff and ARISS Italy team!


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.




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor


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