July 17, 2010




An ARISS educative radio contact is planned with International Space University, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France, Wednesday July 21 at 15:36 UTC, which is 17:36 CEST.


The International Space University (www.isunet.edu) provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year Masters program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Both programs also involve an intense student research Team Project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment.

Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 2900 students from 100 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.


The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment.


ISU also serves as a neutral international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on challenging issues related to space and space applications. ISU programs impart critical skills essential to future space initiatives in the public and private sectors while they:

-inspire enthusiasm

- promote international understanding and cooperation

- foster an interactive global network of students, teachers and alumni

- encourage the innovative development of space for peaceful purposes: to improve life on Earth and advance humanity into space.


ISU is located in Illkirch-Graffenstaden, in the surburbs of Strasbourg, Alsace. Alsace can be found in North East France, and is bordered by the Rhine River to the East, the Vosges mountains to the West, the German plain to the North and the Territoire de Belfort to the South.

Strasbourg is the European Capital and lies along the Rhine River, the natural border between France and Germany. It is home of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. The city numbers approximately 256,000 inhabitants with a further 200,000 inhabitants in the suburbs which make up the Strasbourg Urban Community.


As much of following questions will be asked as time allows:


1. Peter, from the United States, what is your favorite/ least favorite activity on a day-to-day basis on the ISS?


2. Leanne, from Canada, how does the day/night cycle affect you on the ISS?


3. Majid, from Iran, what experiments are you performing while on the ISS?


4. Piyush, from India, what is the most significant change in your body that you have noticed in microgravity?


5. Marissa, from the United States, how long did you train for your mission, and what type of training did you do?


6. Manuel, from Peru, did you ever get scared before going out for EVA?


7. Tomas, from Czech Republic, what is the policy regarding art-works on the ISS? Are there any posters on the walls?


8. Miguel, from Portugal, what is the best part of living on the ISS?


9. Jonathan, from the United States, what do you think about having space tourists on-board the station?


10. Christian, from Nigeria, do you keep in touch with the world's news from outer space?


11. Paul from Ireland: What can you drink on the station?


12. Adil, from the United States, what is your opinion on transforming the ISS into a space tourism facility?


13. Stephane, from France, how much free time do you have a day, and what do you like to do with it?


14. Emmanouil, from Greece, would you change something on the EVA suits? What?


15. Geert, from Belgium, did you always want to be an astronaut and is it like you imagined?


16. Mikhail, from Ukraine, have you used both the Shuttle and the Soyuz? Which one do you like better?


17. Carmen, from Mexico, how much contact with mass media do you have while on orbit?


18. Yuval, from Israel, do you consider this to be a spiritual experience?


19. Bustanul, from Indonesia, what do you most look forward to when you return to the Earth?


20. Andrea, from Italy, what is the one item you wish you could eat/ drink while on the ISS?


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


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