An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado "Niccolò Pisano", Marina di Pisa, Italy on 15 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:31 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 OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.
Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado "Niccolò Pisano"
The Scuola Secondaria di Primo Grado (Middle School) "Niccolò Pisano" in Marina di Pisa (Pisa, Italy) consists of 3 sections (named A, B, C). Each section consists of 3 classes (1st, 2nd, 3rd), corresponding to student ages of 11 to 14. Each class consists of about 20 students. The school is part of the Istituto Comprensivo "Niccolò Pisano", which also includes another middle school in San Piero a Grado (Pisa, Italy), four primary schools (for ages 6 to 10) and two childhood schools.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What inspired you to become an astronaut?
2. Which is your favorite food on board?
3. Do you see more darkness up there than on Earth?
4. How can astronauts have a shower on board?
5. What will happen to your body if you don't exercise?
6. Which planets do you see from over there?
7. Can you hear sounds and noises outside the space ship?
8. Do you know how many space ships or satellites are there orbiting?
9. How many astronauts are there on board and how long must you stay on the
10. What kind of machinery is on board? Which is the most important? Can you
describe it to us?
11. What are your astronaut suits made of? Are they heavy? Does someone help
you to put them on?
12. How much fuel does the space ship use?
13. Why did you decide to become an astronaut instead of, for example, an
astronomer, an engineer or an astrophysicist? What are your skills?
14. We know you can see 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets per day. So, have you
ever seen other celestial or terrestrial extraordinary events?
15. What are the main aims of your mission, what is your task?
16. Last year the ISS hosted the astronaut Scott Kelly. The press, on his
return, insisted very much on the effects illustrated by Einstein as
regards the paradox of the twins. Is it really possible to detect slight
differences at a biological level? Which examples can be given to
testify restricted or general relativity?
17. Why does the ISS have such a low orbit and it is not, for example,
geostationary? Does it lose height? Should it be re-lifted? If so, how
and to what extent?
18. In space, in conditions of microgravity, there is a loss of muscle and
bone mass, because of body statism. Is the regeneration of tissue in
space different in lack of gravity? Does microgravity influence also the
behaviour of electronic devices?
19. Astronauts are exposed to solar wind because they are outside the shelter of the magnetic field. Which effects can be noticed in their bodies?
20. Would you be willing to leave on a mission to Mars, taking into account the dangers that you might face while eventually trying to come back to Earth? To what extent can your spirit of exploration go further?
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Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN
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