An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Comprensivo "Marco da Melo", Mel, Italy on 04 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:47 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IQ3FL. 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.
Our school is a state school and is meant for students aged 6 to 14 years old. It has about 250 students. Its name "Marco da Melo" comes from a historic character (a painter) of the 16th century. The school is situated in a wide valley, Val Belluna (the valley of Belluno). All the subjects included in the national regulations for this age bracket are taught: Italian, History, Geography, Science, Math, foreign languages, Art, Music and IT. Some technological workshops have been started up for three years and only for the students of the last school year with the help of the radio amateurs of the local section of Feltre. Themes related to telecommunication are dealt with and experiments of electrophysics are carried out as well as CW tests. Footage and slides related to the world of the radio are shown.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What do you like most about living in space?
2. When did you decide to become an astronaut?
3. How do you keep fit in space?
4. How did you feel when you watched planet Earth for the first time?
5. What did you feel when you first entered the Station?
6. Is it difficult to get used to living in space?
7. What planet would you prefer to visit, if you could, and why?
8. Which kind of food do you eat in space?
9. Do you believe there is life on other planets?
10. How did you reach the Station and how long does it take?
11. What was your ambition when you were young?
12. How do you think this experience will change you?
13. How were you selected for the space program?
14. What sacrifices did you have to make to become an astronaut?
15. What does planet earth look like from there?
16. Have you ever encountered any problems during this expedition?
17. How long will you be staying in space?
18. What do you see from there?
19. Would you like to land on the moon and why?
20. How big is the ISS?
21. What is the most interesting experience you have had in your job?
22. Is the Space Station comfortable?
23. Who was your inspiration when you decided to become an astronaut?
24. If I wanted to become an astronaut, what would you suggest I should do?
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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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