June 2, 2010




The Comprehensive Institute "Camaiore 2" is located in Lido di Camaiore, a little Tuscan town on the beautiful Tyrrhenian coast of Versilia.


Lido di Camaiore is a very nice seaside resort which attracts a lot of Italian and foreign tourists every summer. It is not far from Torre del Lago, the home town of the great opera composer "Giacomo Puccini". The famous "Festival Pucciniano" takes place every year.


Music is an important subject at school. Many different performances, shows and musicals are played by the students. They are full of enthusiasm about the ARISS radio contact. Ages of the students: 6 to 10 years.


The ARISS radio contact is planned Saturday 5 June 2010 at 10:21 UTC, which is 12.21 CEST.

This direct radio contact will be operated by IZ5QCL. Downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800MHz FM.


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


1. Francesco: Does hovering in the spaceship feel like being under water?

2. Federico: What health effects can be caused by a long mission?

3. Giulia: What are the major differences between living in Space and living on Earth?

4. Lorenzo: How would you describe your feelings about being away from Earth?

5. Niccolo': What were your reasons for undertaking this adventure?

6. Alessia: What are the steps to become an astronaut and would you recommend this job to young people?

7. Elena: What do you like most about being an astronaut?

8. Andreachiara: Where does electrical energy come from onboard the ISS?

9. Enrico: Does your behaviour in Space differ from that on Earth?

10. Francesco: Have you ever seen a Black Hole?

11. Mariaelena: Have you ever seen an UFO?

12. Iacopo: What are the temperatures inside and outside the ISS?

13. Elena: Have you a special diet during the mission and what do you eat and drink for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

14. Rebecca: How many hours a day do you work and how many hours do you sleep?

15. Linda: Do you have a sound sleep in Space and what do you dream?

16. Samuele: What do you do in your spare time?

17. Giacomo: Have you ever been in a critical situation onboard the ISS?

18. Giulia: Have you ever been scared during your mission?

19. Martina: Do you feel safe staying in space for so long?

20. Francesco: What would be the duration you can imagine to live in Space, away from Earth?


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