ARISS contact planned with students in Katerini, Greece


An International Space Station school contact has been planned Friday March 3 2012 at approximately 17:03:52 UTC (18:02:52 CEWT) with participants at 5th Geniko Lykeio Katerinis, Katerini, Greece.


The contact will be performed by the amateur radio station SX2ISS and the downlink signals will be audible over Eastern Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.


5th Geniko Lykeio Katerinis is an upper high school with approximately 440 students, aged 14 to 19. It is a new school (established in 2007). There are two schools in two buildings forming a letter “U”. The other school is the 2nd Lyceum of Katerini with another 450 students. The new school has many interesting features for its students, parents and the local community. The school has won prizes and honours in various fields (cultural, athletic, scientific) and its graduates have been accepted in major universities in Greece.


Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. Savvas (17): While in space, do you realize the time passing by faster or slower than on earth?

2. Eva (18): Were you inspired by astronauts or ex-astronauts to become an astronaut  as well?

3. Dimitris (17): For how long are you trained before going to space?

4. Yannis (17):  Have there been any experiment regarding the reproduction of humans or other species in space ?

5. Diony(18): Does your team fully change each semester?

6. Milena(18): Which earth observation made the greatest impression to you?

7. Anastasia(17): What are you dealing with currently?

8. Dina(18): Are you working on the structure of matter and if yes, what does your research include, in a few words?

9. Theodore (17):  Do the conditions of space favour the conduct of some experiment’s that cannot be performed in the conditions of the earth?

10. Olga(17): To become an astronaut, did your family encourage you on this decision?

11. Emilios (17): How do you feel when you meet your family on earth?

12. Karina (18): Do you communicate with your family and how often?

13. Konstantinos (16): Do you study about weather conditions. Can you predict storms? For example?

14. Giota (16): How are your living conditions beyond earth?

15. Despoina(16):  Does the global financial crisis affect the astronauts?

16. Sara(16) : Which was your latest discovery?

17. Theophilos (17): Is it hard to live in space?

18. Heleni(16): How is your everyday life?

19. Trinity (16): Does the food you eat contain any kind of vitamins?

20. Elefteria(16): Did you find any difficulties on choosing this job?


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 on-board 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