Friday, 29 April, 2011 at 15:46 UTC, which is 17.46 local time, "Maccioni" middle school, Nuoro, Italy, established a ARISS 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. This was a telebridge contact by ARISS ground station IK1SLD located in Piemonte, North Italy.

The secondary school "M.A. Maccioni" located on the outskirts of the Nuoro, is attended by about 500 students. The school has a big theatre, a gym, four media rooms and three classroom with multiple blackboards. Students and teachers are very interested in scientific and especially astronomy topics. During the Spring Festival, in collaboration with the school, the Astronomical Association of Nuoro organized a day devoted to sun observation. In this context, the ARISS School Contact is an excellent opportunity for the students to extend the activities previously undertaken by the teachers and the members of the association for the study of astronomy and space conquest.

ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed a telebridge contact to Mr. Tommaso Settanni ISØMRA , coordinator for this ARISS event. The questions were read by the students at school with an audience of more than 200 officers students, teachers, visitors and media. The signal from the ISS was loud and clear all along the contact.

At 15:46 UTC contact with IRØISS was established by station IK1SLD. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 17 questions and greetings exchanged in closing of the contact.

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

Congratulations to ISØMRA and IK1SLD Team !



Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

audio recording