[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Elementary School "21st of May", Podgorica, Montenegro

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Oct 9 13:21:10 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Elementary School "21st of May", Podgorica, Montenegro on 11 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:48 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and 4O0ISS. The contact should be audible over Montenegro 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.



Primary School '21 May' Podgorica was opened on 21st may 2010, the marking date of the independence in Montenegro. In the first year of its operation, the school enrolled 540 students to attend classes given for the first nine years of their formal education. But the number of enrolled students is constantly increasing on daily basis, and thus enumerating 920 students today. Although opened seven years ago, this is still the youngest educational institution in Podgorica with classrooms and other facilities equipped with most modern teaching aids.


The school promotes many extracurricullar activities and after school clubs: choir, chess club, learning foreign languages, acting, literary circle. The school sports club is characterized by having departments in football, basketball and volleyball. Teaching process is attended on regular daily basis by 20 pupils with special educational needs, and 25 pupils, members of the Roma population, side by side with the rest of the students who gain their primary education in this institution.




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


1. What happens if a space rock hits that little space ship in a certain 

   place, and breaks something inside there, what do the astronauts do? 

2. Do you have some funny moments in non-gravity space? 

3. Do you listen to music in the space? 

4. What did you feel like the first time you went to space? 

5. How do you take a shower? 

6. What are you going to do when you see an asteroid that is going straight 

   to hit the Earth? 

7. Can you really see the Great wall of China or any other man-made buildings 

   from the space? 

8. Are you afraid that something could go wrong with the spaceship or your 

   space suits at any moment? 

9. Is it hard to stay up there without your loved ones, family and friends? 

10. What happens when you go out of the space station and gravity of the 

    planet pulls you away? 

11. Do you lose weight while orbiting Earth in your spaceship on your 


12. Do you get along with your partners at the station and on the ship? 

13. Do you know what happens in the black hole? 

14. Is it possible to cry in space? 

15. Have you ever seen anything weird in space? 

16. Is your suit very heavy to wear? 

17. Time is different in space, so do the astronauts age differently? 

18. How do you sleep in space? 

19. Would you ever live in space? 

20. Were you afraid during launch?





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Next planned event(s):


      1.    The Alice Smith School Primary  Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 

            direct via 


            The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be OR4ISS 

            The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei  KG5GNP

            Contact is a go: Wed 2017-10-11 15:24:05 UTC


      2.    Fleet Science Center, BE WISE Program, San Diego, CA, direct  via 


            The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

            The  scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

            Contact is a go for: Sat  2017-10-14 18:26:17 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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