ARISS school contact planned November 20, 2012. Downlink audible over Europe


An International Space Station school contact has been planned 20 November with participants at Liceo scientifico Giacinto De Sivo – Fondazione Villaggio dei Ragazzi, Maddaloni, Italy. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:31 UTC, which is 09.31 CEWT.


The contact will be 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 event will be webcast per streaming video on


The high school Liceo scientifico Giacinto De Sivo of the Fondazione Villaggio dei ragazzi of Maddaloni has been committed, since its foundation, to spreading scientific knowledge, particularly focusing on the principal domains of science. Its main goal is to promote new teaching strategies able to dynamize students. Arid knowledge shall not be based on handbooks only, but approached by research and critical discussion. Liceo scientifico is a part of the Villaggio dei Ragazzi foundation, which comprizes six fields of study: Technical, Aeronautics, Musical, Linguistic, Transports and Logistics and Scientific High Schools. All 1500 students of the Foundation are involved in the ARISS project, promoted by the Scientific Lyceum. Questions asking students are aged 14-18.


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


1. What view from space made the biggest impression on you and why?


2. When and why did you decide to become an astronaut?


3. If space were an opportunity to build a new world, how would you make it and is there anyone you love you would take with you?


4. What type of training did you do for this mission?


5. Do you believe that in the future someone will live into empty space?


6. Do you do a special diet?


7. How is it to see the dawn and the sunset from the space?


8. How long did it take to go into the space?


9. The space is a special place: is it how have you imagined it?


10. When are you coming back?


11. What can you see out of the porthole?


12. What is the ISS speed at the moment?


13. How do you feel without gravity?


14. What’s the aim of your mission?


15. What is the Italian contribution in this space mission or, more generally, in space missions?


16. What’s your typical day?



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