An ARISS School Contact is scheduled Thursday 3 March at 14.17 UTC for the Technological Centre for Innovation in Communications (CeTIC), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain.


The Institute for Technological Development and Research in Communications (IDeTIC), formerly known as CeTIC, is a Research and Development centre at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), which was founded in 2006.  Formerly the CeTIC was composed of three research divisions in communications engineering with more than 10 years worth of experience, to whom were later added two new divisions in early 2009. Its main goal is transferring technology between companies and the university and, as part of it, to teach and train students in communications. Our staff includes researchers (both internal and third-party), PhD, MSc and BSc students, along with other collaborating staff members. In the last 5 years our research strategies and results have been supported by more than 200 publications on scientific magazines and international conferences. All of them endorsed by our participation in more than 50 research projects, most being joint collaborations amongst international institutions and cutting-edge technological companies.


The contact will be a direct, operated by EG8ISS.


The event will also be broacast on streaming video at .


The conversation will be conducted in English. Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows.


1. Laura (15): Can you tell me the different procedures that you must follow if you have an important technical problem?


2. Rodrigo (17): Are the effects of climate change on Earth visible from space?


3. Jorge (11): Has the station any way to simulate day and night so you know when to sleep?


4. Bethany (13): Can you see pollution on Earth from space?


5. Andrea (11): How old were you when you first thought of being an astronaut?


6. Adrian (16): How do solar storms affect the space station?


7. Abraham (11): Would a game console like the Wii work on the ISS?


8. Luis (23): Do you see sparks when you close your eyes as the astronauts in the Apollo program used to?


9. Daniel (25): What do you do in your free time?


10. Hector (25): What is the temperature in degrees Celsius inside and outside the station?


11. María (13): Have you seen the Canary Islands from space?


12. Juan (16): How are circadian rhythms affected by living in orbit?


13. Mario (11): Does food taste the same as here?


14. Laura (18): What will you miss most from space when you’ll be back on Earth?


15. Paula (11): How long do you think it will take to inhabit other planets?


16. Nestor (24): If you established communications with a U.F.O. and you only had three words to describe humanity, which ones would you choose?


17. Varkha (17): What would happen if you found space debris on your way?


18. Victoria (15): What would you do if any member of the crew in the spaceship got seriously sick?


19. Christian (13): What is more important for the space trip: physical training or psychological preparation?


20. Esther (16): I would like to work for a space agency, what do you advise me to do?


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