ARISS School Contact planned with Astrophysics Institute in Bologna, Italy


An ARISS School Contact is planned for National Institute for Astrophysics – Astronomical Observatory of Bologna. The event is scheduled Saturday 12 February 2011 at 15:07:46 UTC, which is 16:07:46 CEWT.


The Astronomical Observatory of Bologna is one of the twenty research structures of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF).  Besides scientific research, covering a wide range of astrophysical topics, Astronomical Observatory of Bologna is involved in operational and educational activities, and since several years it has started a collaboration with the Marino Golinelli Foundation, that organizes "La Scienza in Piazza", a square for Science.


This is an activity addressed to the schools, in order to promote the diffusion of science through hands-on exhibitions and conferences. The goal is to carry Science through cities, towns, villages, transforming them in open air Science Centres. Last year the event had a number of about 50.000 visitors. This year the event will be held from the 3rd to the 13th of February, with the patronage of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).


The planned ARISS contact is a telebridge operated by LU8YY in Argentina and it will be conducted in Italian.


The audio will be available on EchoLink AMSAT Conference and possibly IRLP reflector 9010.


Students are aged 6 to 10 years old. They will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Come si svolgono le normali attivita giornaliere sulla ISS?


2. Come si dorme nello spazio?


3. Cosa si sogna nello spazio?


4. Qual’e la cosa piu difficile da sopportare per una persona nello spazio?


5. Qual’e l’esperienza che da la maggiore soddisfazione ad una persona nello spazio?


6. Come appare la Terra dalla ISS?


7. Come appaiono le stelle?


8. Capita di litigare con i compagni?


9. Quando hai il raffreddore cosa si fa?


10. Come si cambia l'aria in caso di cattivi odori?


11. Come fai a cucinare? E a fare la spesa?


12. Posso venire con te?


13. Come stai? Non ti senti solo?


14. Come fate a volare dentro la ISS?


15. Avete visto i extraterrestri?


16. Se si rompe qualcosa, come fate a ripararlo?



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