[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Prva srednja informaticka skola, Zagreb, Croatia

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jan 17 18:37:18 UTC 2018

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Prva srednja informaticka skola, Zagreb, Croatia on 18 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:46 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK6MJ. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.



"Prva srednja informaticka skola is a secondary (vocational) school of applied informatics located in Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. It is a small private school that puts great importance on STEM related subjects and education. After a four year programme, our students graduate as a qualified computer technicians and computer programmers.

The school is trying to implement modern and innovative techniques of education that go beyond the standard and traditional classroom model of presenting knowledge. For instance, we nourish students' interest in astronomy and have telescope workshops, use virtual reality technology and other innovative programs and applications to explore scientific topics and emphasize the importance of field work and research. That is the reason why this project is of extreme importance and relevance to the school."




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


1. How do you shower in microgravity? 

2. Has any of the crew members ever had significant health complications on 

   ISS, if so, what is the procedure then? 

3. How do you fight muscle loss? 

4. What type of studies are done in space and what was your most interesting 

   task or experiment? 

5. Do you do any research on cohesion forces in materials under conditions of 


6. Do you carry out experiments on living cells and if you do, do they differ 

   from those done on Earth? 

7. Is your daily routine organized according to the New Earth Time or 

   according to the station orbit? 

8. What are career profiles of the station crew? 

9. Can you describe how you sleep on ISS and the troubles you experience with 

   sleeping (if there are any)? 

10. Is this your first time on ISS and is there a limit to the number of 

    going to ISS and a time limit to staying there? 

11. Have you ever come across any new or unexplained phenomena? 

12. What does before and during the take-off feel like? 

13. What do you miss the most from Earth while orbiting around it? 

14. Is it weird to swallow food and digest when there is no gravity? 

15. How many times a day do astronauts see the sunset and the sunrise? 

16. What is your favorite pastime activity on ISS? 

17. Have you ever had problems with micrometeorites when working outside the 


18. How long is the astronaut training, especially physical training? 

19. How long did it take you to adapt to life on ISS? 

20. Can things be sent and how from the station to Earth? 





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Next planned event(s):


   1. Naka Junior High School, Kakamigahara City, Japan, direct via 8J25D

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

      The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande  Hei KG5GNP

      Contact is a go for: Mon 2018-01-22 10:23 UTC


   2. The English School, Nicosia, Cyprus, telebridge via W6SRJ

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

      The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP

      Contact is a go for: Wed 2018-01-24 10:35 UTC




About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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