Monday October 7, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Cesano Maderno, Italy


An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Scuola Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto”, Italy on 07 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:48 UTC, which is 09:48 CEST. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.


The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK6MJ.


Salvo D’Acquisto Middle School is located in the centre of Cesano Maderno, not far from Monza (Milano). There are 558 students and 59 teachers, but there is only one class (26 students) that will be involved in the project. These students are thirteen years old and they will be attending the third and final year of middle school.


The event will probably be webcast on


The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.


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


1.   Did you dream to be an astronaut since you were a child?

2.   Is your family happy of your job?

3.   You are like a "superhero" that everybody admires. What kind of emotions

     do you feel?

4.   Do you communicate regularly with your family?

5.   Since your mission is going to last six months and of course you will

     miss your family, have you brought anything dear with you?

6.   In your free time, how do you chill out?

7.   Since you were assigned for this mission in 2011, did you wait for this

     moment with apprehension or were you quiet?

8.   What can you see now, looking out of the ISS?

9.   What do you usually eat on board the ISS?

10.  How do you feel to be the first Italian astronaut engaged in

     extravehicular activities?

11.  Can you see the stars 24 hours a day in space?

12.  How does the ISS move?

13.  Have you ever seen anything strange flying in space so far?

14.  Is it amazing to see the Earth from the space?

15.  Have you noticed any changes in your body since you are on board of the


16.  What is the scientific aim of the mission "Volare"?

17.  How long are you staying on board of the ISS?

18.  Are the sleeping hours and the ones for activities the same as on the

     earth or do they change?

19.  Are you going to be back in space in the future?

20.  Do you have any emergency programs if there are troubles in space, at

     the departure or at the return?


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