ARISS contact planned for school in Germany


Tuesday 14 June 2011 at approximately 11.49 UTC, which is 13.49 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned with Hochtaunusschule, Oberursel, Germany.


The “Hochtaunusschule“ is one of three schools in the district “Hochtaunuskreis“ both providing general education and vocational training such as electrical engineering, metal engineering, mechanical engineering, information technology (IT), personal hygiene, agrarian economy, colour technology, room (environmental) design.


500 of totally 1500 students aim at having access to university or passing a qualified exam to be prepared for professional training. Two thirds of all students run through specific vocational training. Within the “dual system” of professional training, the “Hochtaunusschule” and industry share the joint task to qualify skilled personnel in the officially acknowledged training professions.


The radio contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ, located in California.


The audio of the contact will probably be distributed by EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as by IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.


The conversation will be in English.


Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1.  What were your personal motives to become an astronaut?

2.  Which specific qualifications do you have in particular that you were the

    one who was chosen for this entire project?

3.  What steps of career do I have to focus on becoming an astronaut?

4.  With which various operations are you employed?

5.  Which various experts are on board? Which field of activity are you

    responsible for?

6.  How is the oxygen feeding technically secured?

7.  What is the total weight of the ISS?

8.  Would it be possible for us to see the ISS from earth only with naked

    eye, without any technical equipment?

9.  Is your circadian rhythm comparable to the one you have on earth?

10. Do you have any free time up there, and how do you personally use it?

11. What is your normal food on board? Would also gourmets like it?

12. How can we imagine going to the bathroom in zero gravity?

13. How do you keep yourselves and your clothes clean every day?

14. Do you generally have access to all media that we are used to?

15. How much do you get from the daily news on earth?

16. In which way do you constantly keep in touch with your family?

17. What does your personal daily workout consist of?

18. How many hours of practical training are required before a mission in

    space starts?

19. How quick does your body adjust to the living conditions on earth after

    your arrival?

20. What kind of consequences regarding your health do you have after the

    long stay in weightlessness?

21. How is medical care organized? How can we imagine when you are injured

    and a wound is bleeding?

22. Are you allowed to consume coffee or tea on the ISS?


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology and learning.




Gaston Bertels, ON4WF

ARISS Chairman