SUCCESSFUL ARISS CONTACT AT Teodoro Mommsen Middle School, Rome, Italy

Monday December 19, 2011 at 08:43 UTC, which is 09:43 CEWT, Teodoro Mommsen Middle School, Rome, Italy established an ARISS contact with NASA astronaut Daniel C. Burbank KC5ZSX onboard the International Space Station. Astronaut Daniel C. Burbank operated with ISS callsign NA1SS. This was a telebridge contact performed by ARISS ground station LU1CGB, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Mommsen middle school is located in the district “Appio-Latino”, in the south of Rome and is composed of three complexes located on the edge of the “Caffarella” Park. The school endorses the aims of Article 3 of the Constitution of the Italian Republic and those suggested by UNESCO for the formation of the citizen. The school is attended by about 800 students aged 11 - 13.

ARISS mentor Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF proposed to the radio contact coordinator and co-Mentor for this event to set up a telebridge contact. Mr. Marcelo Teruel, IK0USO the contact coordinator, decided in favor of this setup. The ARISS event was excellently prepared by Mr. Stefano Castriotta, IW0CZC and Mr. Giordano Giordani, IK0XFD (teaching and set-up). Mr. Gaston Bertels, ON4WF moderated the session. The questions were read by the students at Teodoro Mommsen Middle School where an audience of about 80 students, teachers, visitors participated to the ARISS event.

At 08:43 UTC, contact with NA1SS was established by station LU1CGB and the operator presented the event to NASA astronaut Daniel C. Burbank.  Using the amateur station aboard the ISS Service Module, the astronaut answered 16 questions prepared by students and exchanged greetings. During the pass the signal from ISS was loud and clear. The event was covered by Media also.

Streaming video was for both contacts on:

The video is here:

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

Congratulations to ARISS Roma Team and to Telebridge Station LU1CGB!


Francesco – IK0WGF & Marcelo – IK0USO

ARISS mentors

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