ARISS school contact planned November 14, 2012. Downlink audible over Europe


An International Space Station school contact has been planned Wednesday 14 November with participants at Gujarat Council Of Science City, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:18 UTC, which is 11.18 CEWT.


The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, located in northern Italy. The downlink signals  should be audible over Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on 145.800 MHz FM.


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


Gujarat Science City (GSC), working under the aegis of Department of Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat, is emerging as a large-scale science popularization platform in the country to promote innovative and experimental activities through hands-on activities and minds-on exposures.


The approach and methodology of the Gujarat Science City is focused on informal community based learning which is different from the formal mode of education. All of the programs are intended to enliven the imagination, foster creativity and develop a spirit of inquiry, especially in young minds. Schoolchildren, during their visit, are discovering the wonders of science and technology and get an access to the most exciting and contemporary form of entertainment regardless of the social stratum, education or age group and create a culture of learning.


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


1. How sun and moon look like from ISS?


2. Do you observe any extra solar or lunar eclipse on space during your journey?


3. How many hours you work and how many hours you take rest?


4. What do you do for entertainment?


5. What do you eat?


6. What are your main work at ISS?


7. Do persons on the ISS have the opportunity to practice their religion daily?


8. How you keep yourself acquainted with daily happenings on earth?


9. Do you know, today is special day for Gujarati community as well as for the Indian Children?


10. After coming back, would you like to go again to ISS?


11. Are you planning to visit India and Gujarat to encourage us?


12. How you maintain cleanliness at ISS?


13. Can you brief us about your daily routine?


14. How you keep yourself fit? 


15. Which personality inspired you to join NASA?


16. Before joining NASA, as a student how many hours you used to study?


17. What is the time now in Space Station and how do you know when it is Day  and  Night time ?


18. How you enjoy the ice cream in the ISS which was sent from Earth?


19. What fuels the Space Station and is there any difficulty in getting fuels for ISS?


20. On returning to Earth, how many days astronauts normally take to readjust with the Earth‘s gravity?



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