[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Carmelita Manara, Milano, Italy and I.C. "Pascoli Forgione", San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

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Sat Nov 11 21:24:58 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Carmelita Manara, Milano, Italy and I.C. "Pascoli Forgione",  San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy on 14 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:15 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 VK4KHZ. 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.



Carmelita Manara, Milano, Italy


The "Carmelita Manara" School owns to bigger comprehensive institute Morosini- Savoia. 

Here is a very rich social contest, different cultures that can be found in the school itself.

The school is in a green zone and is quite near to the center. The children and teenagers and their needs are what we care for most. What we would like to do is:

-develop their curiosity and their interests for subjects;

-help them transfer what they know from one field to another;

-develop their commitments, their sense of responsibility and their self-confidence;

-teach them how to cooperate accepting different points of view;

-make them aware school is a place where they can be they are and where they will be listened to.

The first commitment of the school is to give students a friendly environment and to help them to overcame difficulties and enhance their capacities and individual skills. Our institute organizes supporting activity and courses. There are two coucellors in order to help guys, if needed, to stay better at school. We have a new fully equipped gym, a library with also a book crossing station, a recently restructured science laboratory, an auditorium in which we can do many activities as the tare, choir and conventions to form teacher and parents. We also have a vegetable-botanic garden where we teach our student rhythms of year and we take care of the important contact with earth. It is a very important didactic activity. In the garden is also possible to organize observation of sky by using telescopes (12-14).


I.C. "Pascoli Forgione", San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy

Istituto Comprensivo "Pascoli Forgione" was born in the school year 2009/2010 as part of a sizing operation that created new Comprehensive Schools, aggregating schools of different orders of the same municipal territory. It is situated in San Giovanni Rotondo, a Southern Italian town in the province of Foggia and it is used to work in a context which is typical of small towns. 

The Institute that includes about 800 students from the Kindergarten, and the Primary School to the Low Secondary school pursues the aim of a better and more consistent training process aimed to children from 3 to 13. Our students belong to different social, cultural and economic backgrounds.

On the pedagogical level, the Istituto Comprensivo "Pascoli Forgione", for its structures, carries out the didactic educational continuity between the three types of schools. Teachers have the possibility to know and follow the educational process from the entrance of the Kindergarten up to the final examination of middle school; they exchange important information on the characteristics of learning and the evaluation of pupils.

They have also experienced forms of collaboration among the three grade levels, with constitution of "open teams" and the launching of integrated projects with particular reference to Physical Education, Music Education, Maths and Science and Foreign Languages. In fact the school is a Trinity Centre for language assessment, a Sports Centre in collaboration with the different Sports Societies of the province, we collaborate with Kangourou for English Competition, with Bocconi University for Maths competitions and with the ANISN (National Association of Natural Science Teachers) for Science Competitions.

Moreover for its various projects and involvement Istituto Comprensivo "Pascoli Forgione" can be classified as a "school of the territory", because it interacts intensively with local authorities, associations, families, volunteers and cultural institutions.




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


Proposed questions generated by the Carmelita Manara and I.C. "Pascoli Forgione" students:


1. Ci piacerebbe vedere tue foto dei poli terrestri, ma la ISS non prevede 

   orbite polari: perche'?

2. Quale episodio della tua vita ti ha spinto a diventare astronauta? Sei 

   contento della scelta o ti aspettavi di piu'?

3. Abbiamo visto che avete gustato insalata spaziale, pensi sia possibile 

   arrivare a coltivazioni utili al sostentamento?

4. Nelle tue missioni spaziali ti e' mai capitato di assistere ad una 


5. Quale e' il materiale che assume il comportamento più strano sotto 

   l'effetto della microgravita'?

6. L'organismo nello spazio risente della microgravita'. Se sulla Terra non 

   ci fosse stata una preparazione fisica, cosa avrebbe comportato?

7. Cosa ne pensi dei collegamenti ARISS e che messaggio dai a noi studenti?

8. Il gusto degli alimenti sulla ISS e' uguale a quello sulla Terra?

9. Lo spazio, grazie alla mancaza degli effetti del peso, puo' essere una 

   nuova frontiera per i disabili?

10. Noi sappiamo che nel vuoto il suono non si trasmette. Sulla ISS gli 

    astronauti come comunicano fra loro?

11. Il cervello reagisce in modo diverso nello spazio?

12. In caso di problemi di salute prendete farmaci? Se si, il loro tempo di 

    effetto e' diverso da quello sulla Terra?

13. Arcobaleni, fulmini globulari, aloni e altri fenomeni meteo: come si 

    vedono dalla ISS?

14. Sulla ISS come misurate l'orario?

15. Come si possono appagare le esigenze spirituali nello spazio?

16. Al rientro sulla Terra, un astronauta avverte ripercussioni fisiche 

    causate dalla forte variazione di gravita'? Cosa viene fatto ridurre gli 


17. Turismo spaziale: in quanti anni secondo te sara' alla portata di tutti 

    come oggi i voli low cost?

18. Con gli studi fatti fino ad ora, a che punto siamo con l'obbiettivo 


19. Cibo bonus e magliette preferite: cosa hai portato con te questa volta?

20. Ti senti mai come in un film di fantascienza?

21. Cosa ti piaceva fare alla nostra eta' di 12-13 anni?

22. Di notte fai sogni diversi da quelli che fai sulla Terra?

23. Dalla ISS riuscite a vedere altri satelliti (es Iridium)?

24. Dove ti senti "a casa"?

25. Quando sei sulla Terra cosa ti manca di più dello spazio?

26. Cosa porterai a casa con te da questo viaggio, in senso astratto?

27. Avete mai visto oggetti vaganti come meteoriti o spazzatura spaziale?

28. Quando ci sono le elezioni come fate a votare?

29. In quale parte della ISS ti trovi particolarmente bene?





1. We would like to see photos of land poles, but the ISS does not have polar 

   orbits: why?

2. What episode of your life has made you become an astronaut? Are you happy 

   with the choice or did you expect more?

3. We saw that you enjoyed a space salad, do you think it's possible to get 

   to useful crops for sustenance?

4. Have you ever seen eclipse from space?

5. What is the material that takes the strangest behavior under the 

   microgravity effect?

6. The organism in space suffers from microgravity. If there had been no 

   physical training on Earth, what would it have meant?

7. What do you think about ARISS and what message do you give us to students?

8. Is the taste of food on the ISS the same as on Earth?

9. Is space a new frontier for the disabled due to the lack of weight 


10. We know that in the vacuum the sound is not transmitted. On the ISS, how 

    do the astronauts communicate with each other?

11. Does the brain react differently in space?

12. In case of health problems, do you take medication? If so, their effect 

    time is different from Earth?

13. Rainbows, globular lightning, halos and other weather phenomena: how do 

    you see them form the ISS?

14. How do you measure the time on the ISS?

15. How can spiritual needs be met in space?

16. When landing on Earth, does an astronaut experience physical 

    repercussions caused by the strong variation in gravity? What is being 

    done to reduce the effects?

17. Spatial Tourism: How many years do you think it will be available like 

    today's cheap flights?

18. With the studies so far, how far is the "Mars" goal?

19. Favorite food and t-shirts: what did you bring with you this time?

20. Do you ever feel like in a science fiction movie?

21. What did you like to do at our age of 12-13?

22. Do you make dreams different from what you do on Earth at night?

23. Can you see satellites from the ISS (eg Iridium)?

24. Where do you feel "home"?

25. On Earth, what do you miss most of space?

26. What will you bring home with you from this journey, in an abstract 


27. Can you see floating objects, like meteorites, or space junk?

28. How do you vote in case of elections?

29. Which part of the ISS are you particularly comfortable with?






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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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