Saturday, 19 February, 2011 at 11:43 UTC, i.e. 12:43 local time, "Impara Sperimentando” (Experiencing Learning)  in Pordenone, Italy, established a ARISS contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA on board the International Space Station. This was a telebridge contact by ARISS ground station LU8YY, Argentina.


"Impara Sperimentando” (Experiencing Learning) is an interactive exposure of physics experiments and science targeted observation of all aspects of natural phenomena, located in Pordenone, North-East Italy.

The purpose of the exhibition are: share expertise and experience from research environments and schools; share skills and experiences of different schools; intervene in the daily teaching; carry out activities involving all visitors and especially students and schools; use new technologies in a meaningful way and the sensors on-line; enable the laboratory work; and finally, curiosity and provide scientifically correct information to every citizen.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed a telebridge contact to Mr. Isidoro Sciarratta, coordinator for this ARISS event. The questions were read by pupils and students at the "Impara Sperimentando” venue with an audience of more than 400 participants.


At 11:43 UTC contact with NA1SS was established by station LU8YY, argentina. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 16 questions. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time.


Regional and local media and newspapers covered the event.


Streaming video was and and now the recording also on:


ARISS contact was announced by web story on ESA Portal - National News:


Congratulations to "Impara Sperimentando” team!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor


Audio recording