Wednesday July 10, ARISS contact scheduled with children’s hospital in Vatican City


An International Space Station educational contact is scheduled with participants of Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesu, Rome, State of Vatican City.

The event is to begin at approximately 12:36 UTC, which is 14:36 CEST.


This will be a direct contact operated by HV2VO.


The event will be webcast on



Created in 1869 through a generous initiative of the Salviati family, and donated to the Holy See in 1924, the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital is now a comprehensive children’s polyclinic. In 1985, it has been formally recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as Istituto di Ricovero e Cura a Carattere Scientifico IRCCS (Research Hospital), and it is now one of the three Paediatric IRCCS in Italy, and the only one for Central and Southern Regions. The Hospital is a reference point in Italy and abroad and it is connected to the most important paediatric centres in Europe and the United States.


The conversation with the astronaut will be conducted in Italian. Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1. Come fai a sdraiarti quando dormi sulla ISS?

2. Come fai a andare al bagno in assenza di gravita?

3. Cosa ti manca di piu della Terra sulla ISS?

4. Come passi il tempo libero sulla ISS?

5. Se stai male chi ti cura lassu?

6. Hai mai incontrato qualche alieno o visto cose strane?

7. Come sono le stelle viste dalla ISS?

8. Qual e la prima cosa che hai pensato quando sei entrato nella stazione spaziale?

9. Qual e la scoperta piu bella che hai fatto sulla ISS?

10. Come la vedi la terra da lassu?

11. Sta utilizzando un orologio come qui sulla Terra per sapere che ore sono?

12. Sei mai stato fuori dalla stazione spaziale?


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-Europev chairman