Saturday, 07 May, 2011 at 11:04 UTC, which is 13.04 local time, "Mattei" Technical Institute, Maglie, AND "Guglielmo Marconi" Primary School, Casamassima, 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 direct contact by ARISS ground station IZ7RTN located in “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza” University of Bari, Bari, South Italy.

Industrial Technical Institute "E. Mattei" in Maglie (Le) is, among the other high schools in Maglie, an important reference point for technical-scientific studies and attracts a large quantity of students (about 1000). Didactics in the field of radio-telecommunications and in space research are particularly developed. Moreover, the Industrial Technical Institute "E. Mattei", along with other technical institutes in the area of Lecce, has participated in the Project COSMIC RAYS that studies cosmic rays with the partner ASI - Italian Space Agency. The purpose of this project is to offer young students the opportunity to get involved in  space studies and to try a real aerostatic balloon launch.

The 1st Didactic Center "Marconi" in Casamassima di Bari includes one Primary School and two Nursery Schools. There are more than 800 students and a teaching staff of 70 teachers, directed by the headmaster, Mrs. Rita Rosaria Gagliardi. The Primary School has multimedia and scientific laboratories and the pupils participate in a number of projects on Science, Music, Dance, Theatre, Physical Education and more.

ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to radio contact coordinator in Bari a direct contact, with assistance by ARISS Telebridge station IK1SLD installed at Casale Monferrato Airport, Piemonte, Italy. Mr. Michele Mallardi IZ7EVR, radio contact coordinator for this ARISS event decided in favor of this setup. The questions were read by the students at “Cittadella Mediterranea della Scienza” in Bari where an audience of more than 250 students, teachers, visitors and media participated to event. The signal from the ISS was not loud and clear all along the contact.

At 11:04 UTC contact with IRŘISS was established by station IZ7RTN. Astronaut Paolo NESPOLI answered 18 questions and greetings exchanged in closing of the contact. This was the 41th ARISS contact by Paolo Nespoli, IZ0JPA. A new record of the contacts established by astronaut during his mission.

The event was Video Streaming on:


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

Congratulations to IZ7RTN, ARISS Puglia Team and IK1SLD Team !


Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF

ARISS mentor

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