ARISS contact for school in Poland


An International Space Station contact is planned for Nowogard Union Schools: Junior High School No. 2, Nowogard, Poland


The event is scheduled for Tuesday 29 September at 12.56 UTC, which is 14.56 CEST. This will be a telebridge contact between NA1SS and LU1CGB.

The event will be webcast on


Nowogard Union Schools consists of two schools: Junior High School No 2 and II High School. The school is situated in Nowogard in West Pomernia Province. Our students are 13   19 years old. II High School provides students mainly with humanities, science and mathematics curriculum.


In December 2013 the schools joined the ARISS School Contacts project. In 2004 the Nicolaus Copernicus School Amateur Radio called SP1KMK was established. Since then our students have been keenly developing their radio ham interests. Students have taken part in astronomy and astronautics projects such as: MiniSat (they sent their own experiments in near space via balloons thanks to Copernicus Project Foundation), EarthKam (pupils ordered images of Earth taken from the ISS). There was also an educational project called “SUPERCOMPUTER” in which our students gained some knowledge of the latest wireless networking technologies.


Apart from the above projects, they have made numerous astronomical observations and got involved in astrophotography. Moreover, we hosted some members of Polish Amateur Astronomers Society who showed at the school the largest amateur telescope called “SOWA”. Within the project, Nowogard Union Schools started to cooperate with some institutes of higher education such as West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin and University of Szczecin. We also has established cooperation with NASA staff and conducted a video conference with a NASA astronauts’ trainer and a NASA flight engineer. There have been some school trips to 21. Air Force Base in Świdwin and Dolna Odra Power Station in Gryfino organized to expand students’ technological and technical knowledge.


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


1. Weronika (14): What kind of technology is used to have Internet on the station?


2. Mateusz (16): What is the shortest time to leave the station, for example in case of sending back to Earth a seriously ill astronaut?


3. Konrad (15): In your opinion, what module of the ISS is the most heavily loaded with electronics and what tasks does it serve?


4. Radosław (16):  Does the station have cosmic rays detectors and how do they indicate that the radiation dose inside the station is higher than acceptable?


5. Damian (15): What astronauts have to do in case of fire on the station?


6. Jakub (14):  Do astronauts have free time?


7. Kornelia (13): What is the composition and pressure of the atmosphere inside the space station?


8. Norbert (15): What is the most interesting or astonishing Earth atmospheric phenomenon you have ever observed?


9. Szymon (14): What is the most difficult task you did on the station?


10. Norbert (18):  Do all members of the crew sleep at the same time?


11. Kacper (17): Is it true that pizza and carbonated drinks are forbidden on the ISS? Could you explain why?


12. Hubert (17): How is the station provided with electricity?


13. Oktawiusz (15): What are negative symptoms of being under Zero Gravity for too long?


14. Izabela (17): Is everyone on the station trained to take a spacewalk, if necessary?


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board 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