September 30, 2010


An ARISS educative radio contact is planned with IRSEA, a non profit Institute for Research and Education, located in Bisceglie in the Northern area of Bari and Foggia, South Italy.

IRSEA aims at being a link, through synergic cooperation, between the world of University Research and the trade unions, company organizations and liberal professions, in the fields of education, development and innovating research.

IRSEA is active in several business departments: agriculture and food, tourism, environment, company finance, trade, public administration, small and average enterprises, covering different areas, such as:

- job education: managerial and business support

- helping post-graduate and qualified individuals looking for a job

- career guidance and orientation

- research on social and economic issues, with special reference to small and average enterprises

- European Economic Community projects;

- community funds for small and average enterprises.

The ARISS school contact is scheduled Tuesday 5 October 2010 at 15:28 UTC, which is 17:28 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge, operated by ARISS ground station K6DUE, located in Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland.

The contact will be available on EchoLink AMSAT conference server and IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

Participants will 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