ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp in Dublin, Ireland


Sunday 22 July 2012, at approximately 17.25 UTC, which is 18.25 Dublin time and 19.25 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned for ESA Space Camp in Dublin, Ireland.


The European Space Agency has locations in several European countries. The annual summer space camp is an occasion when the children of staff employed at ESA get a chance to mix with each other in an environment which allows them to be immersed in space activities and cultural events. This year the 160 ESA campers will land in a traditional "Harry Potter” style boarding school near Dublin, in a country full of mystical stories and a breath taking landscape, on 14 July 2012. St Colombas College offers the amenities where children will learn about Space Ship Earth in more detail, with emphasis on hands on activities and having fun whilst learning.

As part of their 2 week stay at the camp, the children aged 8-17 years, will take part in sporting events, field trips where they will explore more about what earth is made of, look more closely at how we explore other planets and design their own launchers and space suits. They will be visited by an ESA astronaut who will join in the activities and explain about astronaut training and human spaceflight.

The space talk will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California.


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 questions as time allows.


1. Javier (9): How long did you take from take off until you reach the ISS?


2. Lilan (8): How do astronauts manage to float in the station?


3. Luke (11): What happens if there is a hole in the space station?


4. Lucie (11) : What are the best and worst parts of weightlessness?


5. Noemi (9 ): How is it like the first time without gravity?


6. Sebastian 11): What are the consequences of a long term space flight for the human body?


7. Axel (11): Since there is no gravity in space do you launch yourself when you sneeze?


8. Maxime (10):  What happens when you need a surgery in space?


9. Diego (9): Have you been afraid when in space?


10. Laura (11)Do you have a chance to follow the London Olympics from the ISS?


11. Andrew (11): What do you do in your free time in space?


12. Lisa (10) -  Do you believe in aliens or life out there? 


13. Nathan (12): what kind of petrol/energy is used in launchers, in satellites and in the station and what drives the choice?


14. Ciaran (8) – Do you get to wear your own clothes or are you given special clothes?


15. Thomas (11): Which is the most amazing spatial event that you’ve ever experienced?


16. Luca (11 ) How long can you survive with the food on board of the ISS and do you like the food? 


17. Charlotte (11) When did you become interested in space?


18. Pedro (12) After being in space so long and seeing earth from so far away, so you still see mankind in the same way?


19. Fenne(9) :Where do you sleep better: ISS or home.


20. Alexandros (11)  Does it ever get really dark outside?


21. Lena (9)  What is your favourite way to pass time on the station when you don’t have to work? 


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