ARISS school contact planned November 9, 2012 Downlink audible over Europe


An International Space Station school contact has been planned Friday 09 Nov with participants at 1 Circolo Didattico G.Marconi, Casamassima, Italy. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:53 UTC, which is 13.53 CEWT.


The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IZ7RTN. The downlink signals should be audible over Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM.


The Didactic Center "Marconi" in Casamassima di Bari, South Italy includes one Primary School and two Nursery Schools. There are more than 800 students and a teaching staff of 70 teachers, directed by headmaster Mrs. Rita Rosaria Gagliardi. The Primary School has multimedia and scientific laboratories, while the students play an active role in a number of projects on Science, Music, Dance, Theatre, Physical Education and more.


Participants, aged 6 to 10, will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:


1. How do you organize for the hours on board the ISS?


2. How long can an extra vehicle be outside the ISS?


3. The magnetic phenomena that occur outside of Earth's atmosphere are the same ones that occur on the earth?


4. Outside the earth's atmosphere occurring weather phenomena?


5. Why there is no gravity in space but while on earth there is?


6. How do you spend your days on the ISS?


7. What is the weather in space?


8. On board the ISS can you rest comfortably?


9. Have you encountered other life forms in space during your mission?


10. Do sound waves propagate in space in the same way as on Earth?


11. What material are spacesuits made? How many layers?


12. How much oxygen is consumed daily on board the ISS?


13. If any member of the crew on board has health problems, how do you prepare?


14. How long does it take the ISS to orbit?


15. What happens to the human body when exposed for a long time in the absence of gravity?


16. Is it true that we intend to build a future human colony on the moon?


17. On board the ISS is possible to have a gym?


18. Can you listen to music on the ISS?


19. Is the ISS driven by someone?


20. Does the ISS have no way to connect to the Internet?



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