Saturday, 23 April, 2011 at 09:12 UTC, i.e. 11:12 local time, “Dedalo 2000” Comprehensive Institute in Cingia de’ Botti“, Cremona, 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 W6SRJ, located in California, USA .


This is the secondary school of Cingia de' Botti in the province of Cremona, which belongs to Istituto Comprensivo "Dedalo 2000”. The parent of one of the students, Mrs. Antonella Pezzani, is the author of MagISStra, the name of Paolo mission. Teachers and students decided to participate actively and, as protagonists, in this adventure. They participated to "Mission X" and have been training as astronauts gaining the second place in Italy. Students of other our classes have started the experiment "A greenhouse in space." The event to connect with Paolo Nespoli was be held in the municipal gymnasium of Cingia de' Botti, with about a seventy  Institute students aged  10 – 14, with their parents and with the teachers who have organized the projects "Mission X" and "A greenhouse in space".


ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed a telebridge contact to Alessandra Pezzani,  coordinator for this ARISS event. The questions were read by the students at municipal gymnasium in Cingia de' Botti, with an audience of more than 150 students, teachers, visitors and media.


At 09:12 UTC contact with NA1SS was established by station W6SRJ. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 18 questions. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all along the contact.


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 “ARISS Lombardia” team!




Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

audio recording