ARISS contact planned with school in Pavia, Italy


Tuesday October 9, 2012 at 10.00 UTC, which is 12.00 CEST, an ARISS contact is planned with Liceo Statale Adelaide Cairoli, Pavia, Italy.


The contact is scheduled for astronaut Sunita Williams KD5PLB or Akihiko Hoshide KE5DNI onboard the International Space Station, depending on availability.


This will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California.


The event will be webcast live on


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


The school, founded in 1862 in Pavia, is hosted in the "Palazzo Olevano". In 1870, it was named after Adelaide Cairoli, “the glorious mother of five, fighting for the unification of Italy”. The Institute has kept this name and is famous for its magnificent  rooms with frescoes, monumental stairs, stucco, mirrors, full of  memories, but also one of the most modern educational facilities, which offers three types of courses (Language High School, High School of Music, School of Humanities and Science). The school offers an extensive cultural background, favors the development of communication skills both in the mother tongue and in foreign languages. It prepares the students for superior studies, helping  them to choose the most suitable university course.


The school has 50 classes with about 1400 students. A Radio Club has been founded to give students the opportunity to talk to the radio amateurs of other nations all over the world, using different languages. Radio is a powerful teaching tool, which can be useful in everyday school activities.


Students, aged 14 – 18, will ask as many of following questions as time allows.


1. Giulia: How do you become an astronaut?


2. Francesco: How can you drink without gravity?


3. Linda: Travelling at such high speed, don't you suffer from its effects?


4. Leyghlink: Can scientific experiments carried out in space be useful for understanding the mechanisms of human diseases?


5. Mattia: How do you take care of you personal hygiene in space?


6. Samuele: Where do you put your waste?


7. Monica: What was your reaction just outside the Earth's atmosphere without gravity?


8. Michela: What about your relationship with ARISS?


9. Francesca: What are the risks of exposure to space radiation?


10. Valentina: Where do you keep the necessary water to survive?


11. Vittoria:  How do you know what   time it is, considering the different time zones?


12. Chiara: How do you get in touch with your relatives?


13. Alessandra:  Which is the best moment that you remember of your adventures in space?


14. Rebecca: Have you got an Internet connection?


15. Federica: How do you sleep in space?


16. Lavinia: When you have nothing to do, what do you do in your free time?


17. Elisa: Is it difficult to adapt to life on the station even if you have been prepared before?


18. Giulia:  How did you feel when you went for the first time in space?


19. Ramundo: What was the most interesting experiment?


20. Chiara: What do you eat in space?



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