Friday August 30, ARISS contact scheduled with youth group in the Netherlands – Downlink audible in Europe


An International Space Station educational contact is scheduled Friday August 30, 2013 with participants of Amicale Space Camp organized by Sterrenlab for children of the European Patent Office/NL, Leiden, The Netherlands.


The event is to begin at approximately 12:11:43 UTC , which is 14:12 CEST.


This will be a direct contact operated by PA3GUO.


Interested parties are invited to listen to the downlink signal on 145.800MHz FM.




Sterrenlab is a small company in the field of science communication and education, specialized in the organization of international science and space camps for children and teenagers.

The European Patent Office is a European organization with several sites in Europe.


The conversation with astronaut Christopher J. Cassidy KF5KDR will be conducted in English. Participants will ask as many of following questions as time allows:


1. Niels(13): Where do you come from?

2. Tom(9): Do you think aliens exist?

3. Mateo(8): Can you see the Netherlands from the Space Station? And your house?

4. Sophie(9): Do you have animals on board the International Space Station?

5. Marie France(9): Are you homesick?

6. Servane(11): Do you have children?

7. Louanne(9): Did you participate to survival camps during your astronaut training?

8. Quentin(11): Would you prefer going to the Moon, to Mars or to an asteroid?

9. Esther(10): What languages do you speak?

10. CamillE(10): What was your favorite subject at school?

11. Maria Joao(13): Do you think the space agencies will soon detect an exoplanet with alien forms of life?

12. Fernanda(12): Do you have chocolate on the Space Station?

13. Miriam Alexia(12): Did you have many friends when you were a child?

14. Adelie(9): How is called the rocket you flew with?

15. Nicholas(11): Do you ever have issues with your crew mates?

16. Christophe(12): If you would meet an alien, what would you tell him?

17. Francois(10): When are you coming back to Earth?

18. Nico(12): What’s your favorite sport?


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-Europe chairman