January 15, 2011




An ARISS School Contact is planned for Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace Nr I im. Stanislawa Staszica, Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland.


The direct radio contact is scheduled on Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 12:03 UTC which is 13.03 CEWT.


The school is a Polish state secondary school, located in the south-eastern region of Poland. It is attended by about 540 students, aged 15-18 years. In addition to the main curriculum, the school offers a great variety of after classes optional activities, such as: sport, theatre, science, dance, first aid, astronomy and an amateur radio club.


The school policy has always been to stimulate scientific interests, both through school subjects, extracurricular activities and the participation in scientific competitions in the field of Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There are many educational projects, the biggest is "Mathematical and Natural Science as the Key to the Understanding of the World”. This project includes additional classes in Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. Many of our students after graduation start their higher education in science and develop a professional career in academic or scientific research.


The ARISS contact will be conducted in English with astronaut Paolo Nespoli – IZ0JPA.


The downlink signals will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.


The students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Sylwia: How is it like to live without gravity?


2. Rafal: Have you ever experienced a solar storm?


3. Alicja: How often have you got a contact with your family?


4. Aneta: Which activity is the most difficult for you?


5. Konrad: How do you prepare your food?


6. Lukasz: What do you think about Space trips?


7. Paula: Is it true that from the Space station you can see the Great Wall of China and the glows of lights above the biggest cities at night?


8. Alicja: How do you manage with everyday life activities?


9. Aneta: How do you bear such an isolation from society?


10. Konrad: Is it comfortable to sleep on ISS?


11. Lukasz: Do you think that „another Earth” with conditions for human life exists?


12. Paula: What do the astronauts do in their leisure time and how much free time do they have?


13. Konrad: Do the sunrises disturb you from taking a nap or a sleep?


14. Lukasz: What is your favourite drink?


15. Paula: Can you take books or magazines with you?


16. Konrad: What do you have to do to get to the ISS?


17. Lukasz: What are you going to do when you come back on the Earth?


18. Paula: Does a lot of rubbish float in Space and is it dangerous for the astronauts?


19. Konrad: What interesting atmospheric phenomena can you observe from the universe?


20. Lukasz: What are the holidays of your dreams?



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