November 18, 2010


An ARISS educative radio contact is planned with Istituto LeopardiLiceo classico e scientifico, Lecco,  Italy.     

The "Leopardi" Institute includes a scientific and a classic liceum. The school, located in the upper part of Lecco city, hosts radio station IZ2PWX.


The contact will be a combination of a direct contact and a telebridge. This is due to local obscurations.  Assistance will be provided by IK1SLD, Casale Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy. 


The contact will initiated by IK1SLD, then IZ2PWX will take over and finally IK1SLD will resume the exchanges till the end of the pass. The ISS callsign will be OR4ISS.


The ARISS school contact is scheduled  Wednesday November 24 at 11:17 UTC, which is 12 :17 CEWT.

The downlink signals will be audible all over Europe.

The contact will be webcast on

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

1. Why did you become an astronaut?

2. Is it difficult to become an astronaut?

3. How long have you been on the ISS?

4. Which is your mission on the ISS?

5. What is your typical day on the ISS?

6. What part of your job do you like most?

7. What is your favourite moment during the day on ISS?

8. Do you have any free time?

9. What was your first impression when you saw space?

10. What is life like in a space station?

11. How can you all live together in such a small space?

12.  What do you think is Europe’s role in the space race?

13. Do you really float, like we see in films, while on the ISS?

14. When you look at space outside the station, do you think about the infinite?

15. What do you eat on board ISS?

16. Do you ever get news from your family?

17. What are you going to do when you come back home?

18. What will you never forget about this experience?

19. What do you see when you look outside the ISS?

20. Can you go outside the ISS?

21. Have you ever seen any asteroids or meteorites from ISS?

22. If you stay on the ISS for a long time, can you have physical problems?

23. How do the stars appear from space?

24. Is it possible to see the weather on the Earth from 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 and, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.


Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS Chairman