Saturday August 31, ARISS contact scheduled with India Downlink audible in Europe


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Gwalior Glory High School, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India on 31 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:22 UTC, which is 13:22 CEST.


The contact will be a telebridge between IR0ISS and IK1SLD, located in Northern Italy. The contact should be audible in Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Gwalior Glory High School was established in Gwalior in the year 1991. Affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi, it has been running successfully over the years and has grown since inception from primary to a full fledged senior secondary school. Its unique curriculum, zest, zeal and an onward driving force have made it possible to attain the highest levels of excellence.


Sprawled over a lush green area of 24 Bighas, the school is imaginatively designed and aesthetically constructed. The school campus is complete in itself, being well equipped with ultra modern facilities to cater to the holistic development of the child.


The school encompasses a wide area in serving the academic and co curricular interests of boys and girls from Playgroup to Class Twelve in an amiable, conducive environment, providing opportunities to develop them into moral, confident, capable and responsible citizens having courage and positive attitude to take up any challenge.


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


1. How do astronauts breathe?

2. Is ISS like a house?

3. How do astronauts bathe?

4. Can you see cyclones or pollution there?

5. Do you see sunrise or sunset there?

6. Can you see a shooting star?

7. What does it feel like to be in outer space?

8. How long does your oxygen supply last during an eva?

9. Do you feel homesick?

10. How do you cope up with zero gravity?

11. What do you do when you get sick in space?

12. How do you go for a shave or a haircut?

13. What is the cuisine of food that you eat in space?

14. How doe it feel like to blast off in space?

15. What do you do for recreation?

16. Is the space Scary?

17. Have you kept a souvenir?

18. How many hours of training you have done at Zero gravity on earth before

getting in to the space?

19. It is _________ time in India what is the time there?

20. If you could bring only one luxury to space with you what would it be?

21. Can you see the solar and lunar eclipse there?

22. What sounds do you hear in your surroundings?



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