Thursday, 14 April, 2011 at 08:50 UTC, i.e. 10:50 local time, “Istituto Sociale”, Turin, 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 K6DUE, located in Maryland, USA .


The "Istituto Sociale" is a Catholic school considered as equivalent of a state school, located in Turin. The institute comprizes primary, middle and high schools, classical and scientific. The students involved in the ARISS project belong to the middle school. This ARISS school contact is highly appreciated, especially for a school in Turin, for many modules of the ISS have been built in Turin by Thales Alenia Space.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed a telebridge contact to Mr. Marco Bruno, IK1ODO coordinator for this ARISS event. The questions were read by the students at school in Turin where an audience of more than 200 students, teachers, visitors and media assisted to the contact.


At 08:50 UTC contact with NA1SS was established by station K6DUE. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 19 questions. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all time.


Regional and 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 “IK1ODO” team!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor


audio recording