ARISS contact planned with School in Italy


Tuesday April 24, 2012 at approximately 13.32 UTC, which is 15.32 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned for Istituto Comprensivo di Calolziocorte, Italy.


This institute features three different levels: kindergarten, primary school and secondary school. Secondary School was founded in the 60s. About 600 students attend it, divided into four seats, with a total of 26 classes. Calolziocorte is a small town of about 15.000 citizens not far from Lecco, in the heart of a beautiful area called Val San Martino.


The venue will be broadcast in streaming video on


This will be a telebridge contact operated by LU8YY, located in Argentina.


The contact will also be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.


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


1. What was the most exciting moment of your mission?

2. Is it stressful to stay for such a long time in the space station?

3. How can you distinguish between day and night?

4. What are your feelings when you are out in space during an EVA?

5. Has it been difficult to adapt to the weightlessness environment of the ISS?

6. hich was the hardest challenge you faced in your career?

7. What do you do when you feel homesick?

8. How are differences of opinions dealt with during a mission?

9. How do you feel living in zero g?

10. What did you think when you entered the space station for the first time?

11. How are the astronauts selected?

12. How do you spend your free time in the space station?

13. How do you feel during the lift-off?

14. Do astronauts ever have stress attacks? How do they manage them?

15. What are your feelings seeing the earth from such a special perspective ?

16. How would butterflies fly in zero g?

17. What does your daily routine look like onboard the ISS?

18. What are the physical requirements to become an astronaut?

19. What do you do if you get ill?

20. What are the best studies to become an astronaut?

21. In your opinion, what is the most promising experiment ever conducted on board 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