ARISS contact planned for school in Israel


Friday, October 28 2011 at approximately 11.25 UTC, an ARISS contact is planned for Space Laboratory, Herzliya Science Centre, Herzliya, Israel.




The Space Laboratory of Herzliya Science Center is an initiative of the City of Herzliya,Israel. Our main goal is to encourage students to learn Space Science and Satellite Technologies by allowing young school students to take part in space projects.


Our pupils come from middle and high schools in Herzliya and in surrounding cities. We currently have 300+ pupils learning astronomy, space and satellites engineering, and 50+ pupils involved in practical projects related to building our first satellite. These projects are acknowledged for the State matriculation exams.


The facilities of our Space Lab include an amateur radio station, a satellite tracking and monitoring ground segment, and a clean room specially programmed for designing and building of cubesat satellites. The amateur radio station of HSL is sponsored by IARC Israel Amateur Radio Club, and is used for training our students as HAM radio operators, as well as training IARC members for advanced radio licenses.


This will be a direct radio contact operated by 4X4HSC. The conversation will be conducted in English.


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


1. Amit. Which qualifications and skills should one have to become an astronaut?

2. Shay. How does micro-gravity in space affect the motion of inner organs and blood?

3. Regev. Which daily physical activity is the most difficult to perform in the ISS?

4. Ron. Do you watch TV broadcasts in the ISS? Can you watch long programs?

5. Stav. You were probably prepared for almost everything. In spite of this, was there anything that really surprised you on your first flight?

6. Nimrod. Does ice cream melt in the ISS? How fast?

7. Itai. What kind of training did you go through?

8. Yuval. What kind of experiments are you conducting in space?

9. Tomer. What are the means of survival in case of emergency?

10. Tom. Are you planning to use artificial gravitation technology in the ISS or in future space ships?

11. Shenhav. Does micro-gravity influence the women the same as men?

12. Tomer. How does the long stay in the ISS affect the interpersonal relations between the astronauts?

13. Adi. How can you treat many different illnesses, both mental and physical?

14. Alon. Is there any difference between the view of the sky and stars from the ISS during daytime and nighttime in comparison to the view from earth?

15. Arnon. How does the high frequency of sunrise and sunset cycles affect your mood?

16. Omri. How do you cope with the long separation from your families?

17. Ofir. How do you cope with the unnatural conditions of sleeping?

18. Aviv. How do you manage health problems caused by prolonged stay in space such as bone and eye problems?

19. Adva. How do you discover space ship faults and malfunctions and how do you treat them?

20. Eric. How did you dock the space shuttle to 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