Monday, 18 April, 2011 at 12:15 and 13:53 UTC, i.e. 09:15 and 10:53 local time Primary School “Dante Alighieri” De Neuquen, Neuquen – Patagonia, Argentina established double ARISS contact with Italian astronaut PAOLO NESPOLI, IZ0JPA on board the International Space Station. The Primary School “Dante Alighieri” operated the contact with callsign LU8YY.


"Dante_Alighieri" School in Neuquén, Patagonia is teaches courses in Italian Language and Culture in the Levels of Children, Teens and Adults, with different features, tailored to the needs required by the students. "Dante Alighieri" School is incorporated into the formal education system of Neuquén, in addition to the Initial Level and Primary level, students also receive the benefits of music education, physical education, and Italian language as first foreign language. The "Dante Alighieri" school in Neuquén is officially recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and the Dante Alighieri Society, Italy.


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in Neuquen a direct contact. Mr. Luis Funes LU8YY, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event decided in favour of this set up. The questions were read by the students of the school, where an audience of about 400 students, teachers, visitors and media assisted to the ARISS event.


At 12:15 UTC, contact with NA1SS was established by station LU8YY. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 17 questions per direct radio contact. At 13:53 UTC, contact with NA1SS was again established by LU8YY. Paolo NESPOLI answered 11 more questions and exchanged greetings.


Regional and local media and newspapers covered the event.


Streaming video was for both contacts on:


Congratulations to ARISS LU8YY Team!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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