[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with College Roger Martin Du Gard, Bellême, France

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 11 14:44:26 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at College Roger Martin Du Gard, Bellême, France on 14 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:20 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between FX0ISS and F6KCO. The contact should be audible over France and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in French.



Roger Martin du Gard is a middle school in Bellême, France. Located in Normandy, in the heart of the regional natural park of le Perche, this village of approximately two thousand inhabitants sits on a hill dominating the Perche area.


Roger Martin du Gard was constructed in the 1970s and was totally rebuilt on the same location in 1994. It got its name from Literature Nobel Prize, Roger Martin du Gard, a writer who lived the last part of his life nearby, in Le Château du Tertre. The number of students has been stable for the past four years, with about three hundred children in twelve different classes (3 in each level, from grades 7 through 10). It welcomes students from age 11 to 15.


This school project, ARISS, aims at having the students succeed in their different education paths. The ARISS project is the one opportunity to show the students that being in a rural area does not limit their possibilities and their capacities to do things. It is a way to help them find a possible 

future in such an important field. Complementing their physics program, it also offers a magical moment to all the students in the school, while showing that working serves a real motivation.




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


1. Qu'est-ce-qui vous a donné envie de devenir astronaute?

2. Quel régime alimentaire devez-vous adopter dans l'espace?

3. Quel fuseau horaire suivez-vous dans l'espace?

4. Dans les expériences de culture que vous menez, où en êtes-vous?

5. Avez-vous rencontré des débris spatiaux durant votre voyage jusqu'à l'ISS?

6. Comment faites-vous pour vous approvisionner en eau potable?

7. Qu'avez-vous ressenti lors de votre sortie extra-véhiculaire?

8. Quel est l'inconvénient majeur à vivre dans l'espace?

9. Comment envisagez-vous votre futur une fois rentré sur Terre?

10. Avez-vous réussi à jouer aux dés dans l'espace?

11. Combien d'heures de sport pratiquez-vous quotidiennement?

12. Comment faites-vous votre toilette dans l'espace?

13. Comment organisez-vous vos journées?

14. Comment faites-vous pour vous déplacer dans la station spatiale?

15. Quelles sont les qualités requises pour devenir astronaute?

16. Le réchauffement climatique est-il visible depuis la station?

17. Quel est le plus bel endroit que vous ayez photographié depuis la 


18. Quel est, jusqu'à aujourd'hui, votre plus beau souvenir à bord de la 


19. Parmi les expériences réalisées, quelles sont celles qui vous ont 


20. Entre Normands, vous souviendrez-vous de nous?




1. Why did you choose to become an astronaut?

2. What diet do you have to follow when you are in space?

3. What time zone do you have to follow in space?

4. How is it going with your microbial experimentations?

5. Have you met some space debris/junks on your way to the ISS?

6. How do you get your supply of drinkable water?

7. What did you feel when you went in space, outside the spaceship?

8. What is the worst thing about living in space?

9. About your career, what are your plans once back on earth?

10. Did you manage to shoot dices in space?

11. How much do you exercise daily?

12. How do you wash yourself in space?

13. How are your days organized?

14. How do you move between compartments in the space station?

15. What are the required qualities to become an astronaut?

16.  Is global warming visible from the station? 

17.  From the station, what is the nicest place you have taken picture of?

18.  What is your favorite memory aboard the station?

19.  Among your experiments, which ones did you find the most interesting?

20.  Between you and us, Fellow Normans, will you remember us?   





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Next planned event(s):


  1. Brook Haven School, Sebastopol, CA, direct via  W6SRJ

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

     The scheduled  astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

     Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-04-19  18:40 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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