ARISS school contact planned November 2, 2012 – Downlink audible over Europe


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Primarschule Aesch, Forch, Switzerland on 02 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:47 UTC, which is 14:47 CEWT. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.


The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and HB9TSO. The downlink signals  should be audible over Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM.


Aesch is a small village situated on a hill in the middle of forests and green meadows. Even though it is a rural area, Zurich can be reached in just 20 minutes by train. The Primary School Aesch counts 180 students. They are at the age of four to twelve years and go from kindergarten up to sixth grade. The school brings children with various cultural backgrounds together. This cultural and linguistic diversity enriches school life and helps exercise tolerance and respect, which is an important value for teachers and students.


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


1. Alessandra: Why did you decide to become an astronaut?


2. Anne-Catherine: What kind of education and training did you have to do to become an astronaut?


3. Marah: What did you think and feel before you flew to space?


4. Charlotte: What was it like when you got to space for the first time?


5. Giulia: What kind of work do you do while you are in space?


6. Janis: Do you sometimes feel bored in space or do you have a hobby you can do in the spaceship?


7. Marco: What do you work on when you are on earth?


8. Lindsey: What do you like the most in space?


9. Max: What is the most impressive thing you have seen in space?


10. Marc: What is the temperature like on the moon? And what do you wear when you are on the moon?


11. Michelle: How does zero gravity feel like?


12. Tim: What is difficult to do when you are in zero gravity?


13. Pablo: Is it easy to float in space or do you have to practice it previously?


14. Diego: What do you eat on the spaceship? Can you cook there?


15. Saara: How does the food taste? Is it good?


16. Yi You: How do you eat and drink in space? Do you use knives and forks?


17. Philip: What do you do when you don’t have any more food on the spaceship?


18. Marcia: How and where do you sleep when you are in space?


19. Noah: How do you use the bathroom in space?


20. Julia: What do you miss the most from earth when you are in space?


21. Janick: How long have you stayed in space and when will you return to earth?



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