October 8, 2010



Tuesday, 5 October 2010 at 15:32 UTC, i.e. 17:32 local time, an ARISS contact took place with IRSEA institute at Fashion District in Molfetta, Puglia, Italy. This was a telebridge contact by ARISS ground station K6DUE, operated by Dave Taylor, W8AAS.


The I.R.S.E.A. Non Profit Institute of Research and Education, registered in Bisceglie serves the Northern area of Bari and Foggia. It aims at being a link, through synergic cooperation, between the world of University Research and the experience of trade unions, company organizations and liberal professions as a reference in the fields of education, development and innovative research.


An audience of more than 100 students, teachers, visitors and media assisted to the event. Before the contact, ARISS mentor Michele Mallardi, IZ7EVR introduced the event and ARISS activities with a presentation.


US astronaut Doug Wheelock KF5BOC answered 5 questions, providing lots of interesting details.


Local media and newspapers covered the event. The audio and video of the event was distributed by echolink and webcast on http://www.cittadellamediterraneadellascienza.it/


Congratulations to ARISS Puglia team!


Photos and an audio recording will be appended to this News Bulletin, archived at



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

ARISS Mentor


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