ARISS School Contact planned with school in France


An ARISS School Contact is planned for Collège Joseph Chassigneux, Vinay, France, Tuesday February 1 at 07:02 UTC, which is 08:02 CEWT.


The School ”Joseph Chassigneux” is located in Vinay, south-east of France, between Grenoble and Valence, in the valley of the river «Isere», nearby the area of Vercors.


The small school is surrounded by walnut trees. The pupils come mostly from the small neighbouring villages, so they essentially live in rural environment.

There are 500 pupils and 36 teachers. The pupils aged from 11 to 15 attend traditional lessons of a French school. They take part in many cultural and sport activities at school and also outside the school.


The students participating in the ARISS project worked on two subjects: space and the radio. They organised Science Days at school, they built satellite models, water rockets, electronic devices and published a newspaper explaining the project. Moreover, they participated twice in a regional hamradio exhibition in order to present their project to the visitors.


The ARISS contact will be the final step of the project on Space and Radio.


The planned ARISS contact will be conducted in English. Interested parties can listen in on 145.800 MHz FM. Downlink signals will be audible over Europe.


Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Alicia: What’s the maximum time you can stay onboard the ISS?


2. Marwan: Is it likely to see UFO?


3. Gautier: How do you cope if you’re ill?


4. Lisa: Do you sometimes see meteorites?


5. Vincent: What does your job consist in at the moment?


6. Romain: Do you feel something special in weightless conditions?


7. Caroline: What did you feel when you first saw the planet Earth from ISS?


8. Pauline: Do you often leave the station to walk in Space?


9. Sarah: What does it feel like to leave Earth to go to the ISS?


10. Paul: How do you cope with the toilets?


11. Benjamin: What was your first reaction when you walked into the ISS?


12. Gabrielle: Do you carry out experiments on animals?


13. Lola: What do you do to entertain yourself?


14. Jules: Is it cold in Space?


15. Remy: What impressed you most when you came in Space?


16. Vincent: How many times did you do an EVA and for how long?


17. Romain: How do you sleep in Space?


18. Jules: Do you catch the world's news from Space?


19. Caroline: Isn't it difficult to eat in Space?


20. Lola: What sort of fixing do you do outside 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