Friday April 12, ARISS contact with school in Canada.


An International Space Station school contact is scheduled with participants at  Innalik School, Inukjuak, Nunavik, Quebec, Canada, Friday April 12, 2013. The event is to begin at approximately 17:30 UTC, which is 19:30 CEST. 


The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, located in north Italy. Interested parties in Europe are invited to listen to dowlink signals on 145.800 MHz FM.


School presentation:

Inukjuak is a remote, fly-in Inuit community located on the Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec. Its population is approximately 1 600.

The Inuit of Inukjuak still partake in many cultural practices, for example; constructing sleds or harpoons, sewing traditional garments, training dogsled teams, hunting, fishing and berry picking. However, they also have a window into the modern world and are current on fashion trends, popular music, and breakout phenomena like “Gangnam Style”.

The primary language in the school and in the village is Inuktitut; English and French are secondary languages.


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


1. Can you see Inukjuak from space?


2. What do you eat in space?


3. Do you get scared in space?


4. Is the Internet available on the Space Station and does it work as well as in Inukjuak?


5. How many years do you go to school and train to be an astronaut?


6. How many comets have you seen, and can you see comets better from space than from Earth?


7. Can you see all the planets in space?


8. Have you been to Mars or to the moon?


9. Croyez-vous dans l’existence des extraterrestres?


10. Do you draw on the Space Station?


11. Est-ce que les odeurs se propagent plus vite dans l’espace?


12. Comment est-ce que ton corps est affecté par l’absence de gravité?


13. Where does your facial hair go when you shave in space?


14. How do you shower in space?


15. Comment-faites-vous pour aller à la toilette?


16. Qu’est-ce que vous faites avec l’eau usée?


17. Comment on fait pour dormir dans l’espace? Est-ce qu’on bouge en dormant?


18. How many experiments are you working on? Which is your favourite one?


19. Did the recent meteor that hit Russia cause any issues for Space Station?


20. What would happen if someone on the ISS was critically injured? Have you ever gotten hurt 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