An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at two schools. B. Pascal Institute - Public School in Rome, Italy and Istituto Comprensivo Lipari "S. Lucia" in Lipari, ItalyID9GKS on 07 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:44 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and ground stations IKØMGA in Rome, Italy and ID9GKS in Lipari, Italy. 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 Italian.
B. Pascal Institute - Public School
The "B. Pascal Institute" has two location: the main complex of buildings and facilities is located in the North area of Rome, the other branch is placed very close to the centre town of Rome. More than 750 students are now present in the Institute (14-19 aged). Inside the Pascal Institute there is an amateur radio station, it's callsign is IK0MGA, installed about 25 years ago, with the purpose to give the opportunity of a direct experience of radio communication and equipment management to the students. This station is located in a radio room & electronic laboratory, equipped with media facilities and a space for 40 seats; adjacent to this there is another room with analogue teleconference and PC projector facilities.
Lipari Comprehensive Institute "S. Lucia "
The Istituto Lipa 'Lipari', is located on the island of the same name and on the nearby island of Vulcano, both belonging to the Aeolian archipelago, in the province of Messina in Sicily, and includes kindergarten, primary school and of 1st grade secondary school. The school hosts around 600 students, divided among the three orders. It is equipped with a series of educational laboratories for information technology, foreign language teaching, robotics, musical music, but also carpentry and ceramics. Most of the teaching classrooms are equipped with Interactive Multimedia Whiteboards (LIM) to support the curriculum teaching that takes place daily in the classroom.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Come muoversi e cosa si prova in EVA ?
2. Stiamo in un periodo di forti cambiamenti climatici, tra la tua
prima missione del 2013 e adesso, hai visto i cambiamenti osservando
il nostro pianeta dalla stazione?
3. Considerazioni sulla futura obsolescenza degli strumenti e
4. Come ti sei preparato ad affrontare i lunghi periodi in assenza di
gravità e ad alti livelli di radiazioni?
5. Quali sono le persone e gli esperti più richiesti nella ISS?
6. Hai avuto paura per l'incidente che hai avuto qualche anno fa con
l'acqua nel casco?
7. Ci sono possibilità di colonizzazione di altri pianeti?
8. Che sensazione hai provato vedendo per la prima volta la tua terra
natale, la Sicilia, dallo spazio?
9. Gli esperimenti nella iss possono farci capire se c'è vita in altri
sistemi solari? quante probabilità ci sono di trovare vita in altri
10. Possono crescere piante all'interno della stazione? e all'esterno?
11. Se vi ammalate, quale dotazione medica avete a bordo?
12. Sono mai stati portati animali nella ISS?
13. La permanenza a bordo che influenza ha sulla vita post-viaggio? es. percezione di "no gravità in sogno ..
14. Quanto è pericolosa la spazzatura spaziale?
15. Come controllate la reazione muscolare e le funzioni motorie nella ISS?
16. Ci sono occasioni in cui dovete tenere la tuta stando all'interno
dell'astronave? di che materiale è fatta?
17. Come si gestisce un grave problema tecnico, tipo l'avaria di un
componente? È possibile che un'avaria sia provocata da terra?
18. I cibi nello spazio sono alterati nel gusto o no?
19. Che sensazioni dà la vista della terra e dello spazio infinito?
20. Come vengono gestite le emergenze, per esempio, in caso di
incidente a uno di voi?
1. During an EVA, how do you move and what are your feelings?
2. We are going through a period of strong climate change, due to human
activities. Between your first mission in 2013 and now, have you
seen the changes by observing our planet from the station?
3. What do you think about the equipment and instrument, now in use,
that becomes obsolete in a short time?
4. What kind of training did you do in order to get ready to face long
periods of weightlessness and high levels of radiation?
5. Which are the professional skills and expertise most requested for
6. Did you feel frightened some time ago when, during an EVA, you saw
water flow inside your helmet?
7. Do you think that we will have the possibility to colonize
8. What did you feel when you saw your homeland, Sicily, for the first
time from space?
9. The experiments, carried out in the ISS, can they support the idea
of a life presence in any exoplanets? How many possibilities we
have to find 'life' outside our solar system?
10. Can plants grow inside, or outside, the station?
11. If you fall ill, which kind of medical treatment can you execute on
12. Have animals ever been brought in the ISS?
13. After a long stay inside the ISS how do you change your life once
back at home? For example: a dream in 'no gravity' condition?
14. How dangerous is space waste & debris?
15. How do you control the muscle reactions and the movement in the
16. Do you need to wear the spacesuit inside the spaceship? What is it
17. How do you manage a serious technical failure, like equipment '
damage? Is it possible that such emergency could be caused by the
NASA mission control?
18. Are the food taste/flavours changed or adulterated in your meal on
19. Which is your feeling looking at the earth compared to the deep
20. How are emergencies handled, for example, in the event of an
accident to one of you during your stay on the station?
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Next planned event(s):
1. City of Kursk, Russia and City of Ufa, Russia, direct via TBD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS
The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Skvortsov
Contact is go for: Tue 2019-12-11 10:10 UTC
2. Woodridge Middle School, High Ridge, MO, direct via NØKBA
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS
The scheduled astronaut is Luca Parmitano KF5KDP
Contact is go for: Thu 2019-12-12 15:29 UTC
3. Greenwood Primary School, Greenwood, Western Australia,
Australia, telebridge via IK1SLD
The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS
The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA
Contact is go for: Fri 2019-12-13 10:06 UTC
4. Watch for possible MAI-75 operation.
ARISS is not sure what the actual schedule is.
The latest info we have is:
Wed 2019-12-04 12:00 to 16:50 UTC
Thu 2019-12-05 11:25 to 17:15 UTC
Fri 2019-12-06 10:20 to 16:40 UTC
5. We have also been told of possible SSTV operation on
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 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 public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN