[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Istituto Sobrero, Casale Monferrato, Italy

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 23 17:20:00 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Sobrero, Casale Monferrato, Italy on 25 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:10 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over portions of Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The school is dedicated to Ascanio Sobrero and on October 12, 2012 was celebrated the 200th anniversary of his birthday.

Ascanio Sobrero was an Italian chemist, born in our city, Casale Monferrato, and during his research he discovered the "nitroglycerine".

Sobrero inspired young Alfred Nobel who received several patents around the world for mixtures, devices and manufacturing methods based on the explosive power of nitroglycerine.

Nobel always acknowledged and honored Sobrero as the man who had discovered nitroglycerine.



1.  What is the Earth like from space?

2.  How do you sleep in absence of gravity?

3.  How long does it take to get used to life on the I.S.S?

4.  How did you feel when you saw the sunrise for the first time in space?

5.  What other problems are there in addition to the absence of gravity?

6.  Were you afraid the first time you went into space? 

7.  What do you usually eat?

8.  What was the journey like to get to the I.S.S?

9.  What do you do in your free time?

10.  How do you feel when you come back from a space mission after a long 


11.  When you were students did you use to dream of doing this job?

12.  How is the view from the space station? 

13.  At what average speed do you travel?

14.  How do you use a toilet in space?

15.  What kind of emotions did you feel during the count down?

16.  How do you have a shower in space? 

17.  How are people chosen to get to the I.S.S

18.  How are you keeping in touch with your family?

19.  What kind of researches are you doing on the I.S.S?

20.  What program of training did you follow before you going to the I.S.S?

21.  How long have you been in space?

22.  Which are the things you prefer when you are in the space station?

23.  What food do you miss more?

24.  What do you usually do in space?

25.  If you could turn back time, would you do this work?

26.  Do you live better on the ground or in space? 

27.  What kind of preparation is necessary to do this experience?

28.  Is living in space like you expected it to be?

29.  Is this venture proving harder than you expected?

30.  This experience what impact do you think will have on your next job on 

     the Earth? 






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Next planned event(s):


       1.   Norwich Schools, Norwich/East Anglia, UK, direct via GB2CNS

            The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

            The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

            Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-02-26  14:43 UTC 


       2.   Gesamtschule Leverkusen Schlebusch, Leverkusen, Germany, direct via DLØIL

            The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

            The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

            Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-02-29 12:05 UTC


       3.   National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), Syosset, New York, 

            telebridge VK5ZAI  

            The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

            The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

            Contact is a go for: Tue 2016-03-01 16:45 UTC


       4.  Powys Secondary Schools, Mid Wales, UK, direct via GB4PCS 

            The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

            The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

            Contact is a go for:  Sat 2016-03-05 10:55 UTC





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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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