ARISS contact planned for ESA Space Camp 2011, Italy

Saturday July 23 at approximately 09.42 UTC, which is 11.42 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned for ESA Space Camp 2011 in Italy.

150 children and teenagers from all over Europe will participate to the European Space Agency (ESA) Camp which this year will take place in San Rossore, Pisa, Italy.

The participants are children of ESA employees, aged 8-17 years old, who will enjoy a rich program of sport, nature and science activities during the two weeks of the camp (16-30 July).

The ESA Space Camp is an exceptional forum for reinforcing the ESA corporate spirit among the children who take part and for learning about space and ESA activities, and a good opportunity to do sports and socialize.

The radio contact will be a direct operated by IQ5VR.


The event will probably be webcast on streaming video by


The conversation will be in English.


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


1. Do you think aliens exist?

2. Do you like camping?

3. Did you have many friends when you were a child?

4. Are you good at sport?

5. Is it true that from space the Earth looks fragile?

6. Are you homesick?

7. What is your favorite sport?

8. Do you think the space agencies will soon detect an exoplanet with alien forms of life?

9. Do you have children?

10. Do you ever have issues with your crew mates?

11. How do you feel about the end of the Shuttle program?

12. Do you have any suggestion for a sustainable lifestyle?

13. Did you participate to survival camps during your astronaut training?

14. If you would meet an alien, what would you tell him?

15. Have you ever been in Italy and Pisa in particular?

16. Are you worried about pollution?

17. When are you coming back to Earth?

18. What did you study at school?

19. What kind of physical exercises do you do during the astronaut training?

20. Do you have animals on board the International Space Station?


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