ARISS News Release                                                                                                    No.22-31

Dave Jordan, AA4KN


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ARISS Contact is Scheduled with Students at

Mindshub Associazione Promozione Sociale (APS) with Istituto Comprensivo Avio, Ala, Trento, Italy


May 26, 2022—Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the Istituto Comprensivo AVIO, located in Ala, Trento, Italy.  ARISS conducts 60-80 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.


The Mindshub APS [social promotion association] was founded in 2016 with the aim of creating a "2.0 laboratory" where boys and girls could experiment in the fields of electronics, robotics, information technology and 3D printing. Mindshub APS (Mindshub) involves about 40 secondary, high school and university students aged 11 to 24 years.  For this ARISS contact, Mindshub has partnered with Istituto Comprensivo AVIO (337 students ages 6 to 13 years) to provide this opportunity for students to communicate with the ISS. During this project, this collaboration with Mindshub has provided student workshops and STEAM-related activities. Mindshub has a team of volunteers that help with these student activities which have included astronomical observing, and model rocket building (based on their study of the Vega rocket). The students involved in this ARISS contact are part of the school Parliament and participate in the Problem Solving Olympics, where they experiment with computational thinking.


This will be a telebridge Contact via Amateur Radio and students will take turns asking their questions of Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, amateur radio call sign IZØUDF. Local Covid-19 protocols are adhered to as applicable for each ARISS contact. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHZ and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the telebridge station.


The ARISS amateur radio ground station (telebridge station) for this contact is in Paardekraal, South Africa. The amateur radio volunteer team at the ground station will use the callsign ZS6JON, to establish and maintain the ISS connection.


The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for May 28, 2022 at 11:03:47 am CEST (Trento, Italy) (09:03:47 UTC, 5:03 am EDT, 4:03 am CDT, 3:03 am MDT, 2:03 am PDT).


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As time allows, students will ask these questions:


1. Come vi connettete ad Internet? Avete orari specifici per poterlo fare?

2. Crew Dragon e le tute di Spacex sono molto diverse dalle precedenti spedizioni, offrono piu' comfort durante il viaggio?

3. Come fate ad esercitare il diritto di voto?

4. L’assenza di peso influisce sul fabbisogno energetico? Come differisce l’alimentazione nello spazio?

5. Usate energia nucleare o fate esperimenti con questo tipo di alimentazione?

6. Esiste una misura di quanto lo spazio sia sfruttato dall’uomo? E con quali risorse?

7. C’e' qualche speranza di vederti sulla Luna con il programma Artemis dopo la ISS?

8. Hai qualche esperimento da proporci, magari che stai facendo, e che possiamo riprodurre nella nostra scuola?

9. Dalla Terra alla ISS la Dragon e’ totalmente automatica o esistono manovre manuali? Se si, sei addestrata ad eseguirle?

10. C’e' un limite di tempo per operare in attivita' extraveicolare, dal momento che si è piu' esposti alle radiazioni?

11. Sulla ISS fai sogni diversi che sulla Terra? Sogni di muoveri in microgravita’ o a gravita’ terrestre?

12. Avete filtri speciali alle finestre per osservare il Sole? E di notte quanto è luminosa la Terra?

13. Le mappe terrestri, essendo planari, non rappresentano correttamente le proporzioni delle terre emerse. Questa differenza e' visibile ad occhio nudo?

14. Avete provato a far crescere delle piantine nello spazio? Come crescono le radici?

15. Il vento solare ha effetti sul DNA umano? Se si, come vi difendete?

16. Nell'esperimento EVOO, fra gli olii utilizzati negli esperimenti, e' presente anche l’olio del Garda?

17. Quale potrebbe essere il futuro desiderabile per la ISS?

18. Sono cambiati i tuoi obiettivi personali tra la prima e la seconda missione?

19. Sulla ISS ti e' mai capitato di usare la stampante 3D per sostituire qualche componente?

20. Ogni quanto viene corretta l’ orbita della ISS? Ha motori propri o usa quelli delle Dragon e Soyuz?

21. In una giornata, quanto tempo e’ dedicato a esperimenti, manutenzione e tempo libero? Avete giorni di ferie?




1. Do you have Internet access on the ISS? Do you have specific times to use it?

2. Crew Dragon and SpaceX's suits are very different from previous expeditions, do they offer more comfort?

3. How do you exercise your right to vote?

4. Does weightlessness affect energy needs? How does the feeding differ in space?

5. Do you use nuclear energy or do you experiment with this type of power supply?

6. Is there an estimation how much the space is exploited by humans? And with which resources?

7. Is there any chance to see you on the Moon with the Artemis program after the ISS?

8. Is there any experiments to propose, maybe that you're performing, that we can reproduce in our school?

9. From the Earth to the ISS is the Dragon totally automatic or are there manual maneuvers? If so, are you trained to do them?

10. Is there a time limit to operate in extravehicular activities, since you are more exposed to radiation?

11. Do you have different dreams on the ISS than on Earth? Do you dream of moving in microgravity or in terrestrial gravity?

12. Do you have special filters on the windows to observe the Sun? And how bright is the Earth at night?

13. The terrestrial maps, being 2D, do not correctly represent the proportions of the emerged lands. Is this difference visible from the ISS?

14. Have you tried growing plants in space? How do roots grow?

15. Does the solar wind affect human DNA? If so, how do you protect yourself?

16. In the EVOO experiment, is oil from Garda also present among the oils used in the experiments?

17. What could be the desirable future for the ISS?

18. Did your personal goals changed between the first and second missions?

19. On the ISS, have you ever used the 3D printer to replace some component?

20. How often is the orbit of the ISS corrected? Does it have its own engines or does it use those of the Dragon and Soyuz?

21. In a day, how much time is dedicated to experiments, maintenance and free time? Do you have days off?


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 ISS National Lab-Space Station Explorers, Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) and NASA’s Space communications and Navigation program. The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics topics. ARISS does this by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities take part in hands-on learning activities tied to space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see



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