[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Scuola Istituto Salesiano "Sacro Cuore" Vomero, Napoli I-80129, Italy

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Thu Nov 12 06:49:00 PST 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Scuola Istituto Salesiano "Sacro Cuore"  Vomero, Napoli I-80129, Italy on 13 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:09 UTC.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IZ8NHN. The contact should be audible over Italy. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


The Salesian Institute of Naples (Vomero District) is a religious school of Salesians, a priest community founded by St. John Bosco. The students can attend classes from the Secondary 1st grade School to the High School, with a specialization in classical, scientific and law-economic-business studies. Our students are about 1,000, age is 10-18: they follow the regular courses of study during the school hours, and they also perform a lot of scientific, cultural, theatre and sports activities.
The experience to broadcast with the ISS astronauts, is the conclusion of a long curriculum organized through the learning of English, astronomy and physics. The teachers were able to join together several subjects, thrilling the young through lessons held by amateur radio operators on the story of radio transmissions, on radio equipments, on the structure and on the scientific aims of ISS, n HF real connections with amateur radio operators from all over the world. The enthusiasm of the young, the collaboration with the teachers, the mass media interest for this great scientific event, is a reference point for the city of Naples and for those who are interested in the development of the advanced techniques.


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


1.  Can you see Italy from the Space Station?
2.  What natural phenomena on Earth can you observe from Space?
3.  What European experiments are you currently carrying out on the ISS?
4.  Who pays for all the costs of the ISS project?
5.  Are you carrying out experiments related to ecology?
6.  Can you observe thunderstorms on Earth from the Space?
7.  Is the life on board much different from what you did expect?
8.  What do your family and your friends think about your job?
9.  Do you communicate with amateur radio operators on Earth in your leisure 

10. We know that you work very hard in space. What do you do to relax ?
11. What kind of experiments do you perform in the medical field during your 

    mission ?
12. Is the perception of time on board the same as on Earth?
13. What's the speed of the ISS?
14. What would happen if a meteorite came into collision with the ISS?
15. What is the weight of a spacesuit?
16. How long does it take to complete one orbit around the Earth?
17. Which kind of energy do you use when you are in the shadow of the Earth?
18. What did astonish you most since you have been in Space?
19. How dangerous are space debris for the ISS?
20. Is it dangerous to pass through the atmosphere before landing?
21. Would it be possible to produce artificial gravity on the ISS?
22. Is it possible to get disoriented inside the ISS?


Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):


1. Marie-Rivier, Montreal, Quebec,  Canada, 

   Fri 13 Nov 09 16:31  UTC  
   Watch for possible Echolink and IRLP coverage.  

2. Flanders Dist. of Creativity & Dept. of Ed. of the Flemish  Govt., Leuven, 

   Tue  17 Nov 09 13:44 UTC 
   Watch for possible Echolink and IRLP  coverage.


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 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. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

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