Saturday April 27, ARISS contact with school in Italy. Downlink audible in Europe.


An International Space Station school contact is scheduled with participants at  Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore Euclide, Bari, Italy. Astronaut will be Tom Marshburn KE5HOC. The event is to begin at approximately 11:17 UTC, which is 13:17 CEST.


The contact will be a direct operated by IZ7RTN. Interested parties in Europe are invited to listen to downlink signals on 145.800MHz FM.


School presentation:


Euclide School is a high school. It is an aeronautical school in Bari. There are boys and girls, aged 14-18. Bari is located in the South-east of the APULIA region, South-east of Italy. In its Curriculum the school focus on: aeronautical studies, Media Communication, Space Communication, the Environment, Science activities in lab. In this school there are the following laboratories: a chemistry; a physics; CAD; Topography and Photogrammetry; Aerotechnics; Radio and Radar Systems; Informatics (2 labs); Air Navigation; Meteorology; Air Traffic; There are also: an outdoor multigame Basketball/Volleyball court; a library with several PC;  a staff room with a PC; a press office; HDSL Internet connection; an auditorium; 30 classrooms.


Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1) How do you live floating in the space station?

2) What is the most dangerous phase in a space mission?


3) You have seen the earth from a space ship window, what idea did you have about global warming?

4) Space tourism is a future possibility. Are you for the idea of a common man in space?

5) To be an astronaut is the biggest dream for a child. Has it been a dream since you was a child too?

6) What high teach evolution will there be thanks to astronautics?

7) What studies have you carried out to undertake the career as an astronaut?

8) How does the space station function?

9) What are the appliances that the station uses to establish your bearing?

10) How to you keep trade of time?

11) What are the consequences on your body caused by life without gravity?

12) What kind of training do you get before the mission?

13) What kind of experiment do you carry out in the laboratories of the space station?

14) How long did it take you to reach the space station?

15) What kind of risks are you exposed to during EVA activity?

16) Which are the purposes of the chemical experiments that you are perform in the space station?

17) What are the risks encountered in the space station?

18) Which utilities can the data obtained in your labs have?

19) What kind of study are you doing on the ISS now?

20) How have you been chosen to become astronauts?


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