ARISS contact planned for school in Poland


Friday, October 21 2011 at approximately 18.04 UTC, which is 20.04 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned for Zespol Szkol Technicznych, Rybnicka, Poland.


The Complex of Secondary Schools (Zespol Szkol Technicznych, ZST) is located in one of the oldest and most beautiful towns of Upper Silesia, Mikolow.

It is the oldest school in this region, founded in 1924, which provides education for four years on a technical level, two or three years on a vocational

level, and Further Education School for adults. The education subjects are the following: information technology, electronics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, car mechanics and starting from this year economical-administrative, car mechanics, machining centre operators, craftsmen (multi-vocational classes), mechanical engineering with maturity examination. School runs re-qualification courses for production plants and factories' employees and courses for the unemployed people. There are about ninety well-qualified teachers and 750 students attend the school.


The Complex of Secondary Schools holds a QUALITY CERTIFICATE ISO 9002 and is equipped with the modern technological equipment gained thanks to the European Union support finances. There are modern training centres: computer use, modern controlling techniques using microprocessor controller units for welding, numerically controlled machines, computer aiding of technological processes. They take part in national and international programs or projects like Leonardo da Vinci and Socrates.


This will be a direct radio contact operated by SP9PKS. The conversation will be conducted in English.


Students will ask as many of following qustions as time allows.


1.  Bartosz (18): How much time does it take to go from Earth to the ISS?

2.  Mateusz (19): How long have you been on the Space Station?

3.  Kamil (17: Why did you choose such a job?

4.  Adam (18): What is the Station's speed?

5.  Grzegorz (18): How long is the ISS in daylight and in darkness during one orbit?

6.  Dawid (18): Where are you from?

7.  Dawid (18): What do you eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

8.  Hubert (18): What are you doing in your free time?

9.  Piotr (17): What does it feel like living without gravity?

10. Maciek (16): Do you listen to the music on the ISS?

11. Tymek (14): Have You ever said, „Houston, we’ve got a problem!”?

12. Kuba (14): What does the morning toilet on the ISS look like?

13. Rafal (18): Can you see the Milky Way from ISS?

14. Konrad (18): Have you ever seen an UFO?

15. Lukasz (18): Have you ever been on the Moon?

16. Michal (18): What is the weight of the spacesuit?

17. Michal (18): How can I become an astronaut?

18. Daniel (18): What do you find fascinating on the ISS?

19. Mateusz (18): Is it sometimes difficult to live so far away from civilization?

20. Tymek (14): Can you see the Chinese Wall from Space?


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