August 6, 2010


An ARISS educative radio contact is planned with I.R.S.E.A. - Institute of Research and Education, a non for profit organisation registered in Bisceglie and active in the Northern area of Bari and Foggia.

The Institute aims to be a link, throughout synergic cooperation, between the world of University Research and the daily experience of trade unions, companies and liberal professions in the fields of education, development and innovative research.

I.R.S.E.A. is active at regionaland interregional level in several areas: agriculture, tourism, environment, finance, trade, public administration, small and average business.

Activities comprise management guidance, helping post-graduate and qualified individuals looking for a job, vocational orientation of students, as well as research in the social and economic fields, especially for small and average enterprises.

This ARISS school contact is planned for Tuesday August 10 at 18:23 UTC, which is 20:23 CEST. Due to technical circumstances, the contact has not yet been confirmed. If it goes on, it will be a telebridge operated by LU8YY, located in Neuquen, Argentina. The contact will be available on EchoLink (AMSAT Conference) and will possibly be webcast by ESA/ESRIN.

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

1. Grazia:In what distance from the Shuttle launch site can spectators still smell the rocket fumes?

2. Cristina:How do you communicate with your family? Do you have internet access on board?

3. Lucia:If you look outside the window in what colours does the Universe appear?

4. Valentina:What kind of experiments do you carry out on board the ISS?

5. Mariella:Can you observe Jupiterís satellites from the ISS?

6. Marianna:What kind of preparations do astronauts accomplish before lift-off?

7. Lucia:How will space technology progress in the course of time?

8. Antonella:Does zero gravity have any influence on the taste of the meals?

9. Maria:What do you do in your spare time?

10. Laura:Does microgravity have any influence on the perception of music?

11. Tiziana:What kind of diseases can you catch on board the ISS?

12. Maria Chiara:How do you handle the body care?

13. Maria:Does the sensation of wet and dry feel like on Earth?

14. Edda:Why do astronauts lose weight in weightlessness?

15. Maria:What are the major impacts of zero gravity on the human body?

16. Pasqua:Are there any smells in Space?

17. Silvia:Would there be any danger for you if a meteorite hit the ISS?

18. Donata:Do you enjoy having meals in zero gravity?

19. Michela:What are the tasks of Italian astronauts on board the ISS?

20. Laura:Do you cultivate plants on board 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