Saturday, 12 March, 2011 at 10:23 UTC and 12:00 UTC, i.e. 11:23 and 13:00 local time, "Francesco d'Assisi" Middle School AND Primary School “Don Lorenzo Milani”, Modugno, Bari, Italy, established a double contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA on board the International Space Station. Astronaut NESPOLI operated with the special Italian callsign IR0ISS that he will use during his mission. The contact took place at “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza” in Bari and operated the contact with callsign IZ7RTN.


The "Francesco d'Assisi" Middle School is located in Modugno, a little town in the hinterland from the Adriatic coast not too far from Bari.  The school is attended by about 300 students, aged from 11 to 14. The school also offers a variety of elective courses in the early afternoon, i.e. extracurricular activities. Priority is given to additional science, mathematics and Italian language courses, sports programs (such as volley), chorus and musical education, visual arts, publishing (student newspaper), preparation to mathematics competitions such as the annual "Kangaroo of Mathematics". The school has a gym, a small library and a number of laboratories: science lab, computer labs, graphic arts lab, music lab.


The Primary School 3° Didactic Circle Be them “Don Lorenzo Milani” is situated in Modugno (BA), inner a city small not a lot far away from the Barium city (9 Km) chief town of the Puglia. The school is made up of 6 plessi: 3 of school of Infancy and 3 of Primary School. In 2010/2011 the school accommodates 1,039 pupils of which 613 of Primary School of age between the 6 and 10 years uniforms in 32 classes, and 426 pupils of School of Infancy of age between the 3 and 6 years uniforms in 17 sections. The pupils attend for 6 days to the week, the timetable for every lesson to the day are 5 hours of 60 minuteren of the following matters Italian, mathematical, sciences, geography, English, computer science laboratory, music, image, motoria activity.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in Bari to set up a direct contact with assistance from ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD, installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Michele Mallardi IZ7EVR, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event, decided in favour of this set up. The questions were read by the students at “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza”, University of Bari. An audience of about 150 students, teachers, visitors and media assisted to the contact.


At 10:23 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was established by station IZ7RTN. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 15 questions. At 12:00 UTC, contact with IR0ISS was again established by station IK7RTN. Paolo NESPOLI answered 15 (+1) more questions and exchanged greetings. The 31th question concerned the recent earthquake in Japan. Nespoli sent a special thought to the Japanese people.


The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all the time for both passes.


Regional Television, local media and newspapers covered the event.


Streaming video was on:


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


Congratulations to both ARISS “IZ7RTN” and “IK1SLD” teams!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

Audio Recording 1st pass
Audio Recording 2nd pass
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