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Successful combined contact for two schools in south Italy with Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Saturday, 21 October, 2017 at 14:23 UTC, 16:23 local time, students at Istituto “A.Gramsci-N.Pende”, Noicattaro, Italy and Istituto Comprensivo “Tauro – Viterbo”, Castellana Grotte (Ba), Italy established a joint direct contact with ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA, onboard the International Space Station.

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The Comprehensive School "A.Gramsci-N.Pende" Institute, combines the story of two schools in the area nojano long. An intense work of analysis and comparison between the realities of the schools has led to identify the common elements, and the specific objectives that constitute the rails of the teaching and culture of our institution. The Comprehensive School "A. Gramsci - N. Pende", formed from 1 September 2012 as a result of the process of sizing the school network operated by the Region of Puglia.
The Institute comprises three segments school so distinct:
1. Kindergarten "Sabin- area 167"
2. Primary School "A.Gramsci" where are located the bureau and secretariat
3. High school first grade "N. Pende ", in distinct complexes via Lamanna and Parchitello, residential area bordering Torre a Mare.
The presence of the three segments of the school favors the union and the educational continuity and guarantees the unity of purpose and action The population of the newborn Comprehensive School "Gramsci - Pende", fully reflecting the reality in which they operate, with the presence of users who range from 3 to 13 years and is very diversified socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; currently the school welcomes
1040 students, including many immigrants, to which the Headmaster and the entire teaching staff and non-teaching ensures warmth and well-being through physical and mental resources fielded by CRIT - Centro Cultural Resources of the Territory - which headquarters in the Institute and that for several years has been conducting actions aimed at the construction of an integrated training system with the support and cooperation of all agencies in the area.

“Viterbo” Secondary School, belonging to “Istituto Comprensivo G. Tauro – S. Viterbo”, has been aiming at achieving the aims and goals of this course of studies for some time, offering a wide variety of curricular and extracurricular activities. In particular, the course of musical instrument has been and is a further element of enrichment of curriculum, because it gives pupils the opportunity to learn the practice of an instrument and to develop skills in music.

Mentor Francesco De Paolis IKØWGF proposed to the Radio Contact coordinator a joint direct contact and proposed both schools to share the event, alternating questions from both sites. Mr. Michele Mallardi, coordinating the events, agreed and set up a combined direct. The questions were read, alternatively, by students from Istituto “A.Gramsci-N.Pende”, Noicattaro, Italy and Istituto Comprensivo “Tauro – Viterbo”, Castellana Grotte (Ba), Italy. More than 300 students, parents, visitors and media attended to the event.

Contact was established at 14:23 UTC, 16:23 UTC local time, with IRØISS. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli answered 15 questions. Signals from the ISS was loud and clear during the ISS pass.
In addition, the onboard HamVideo tramsitter was operational for both ISS pass and streaming video was available at:

1 Regional Television, 1 newspapers covered the event.

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Video recorded by IK1SLD GS during the scheduled contact:


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