An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Tecnologico Statale Trasporti e Logistica "Leone Acciaiuoli", Ortona, Italy on 18 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:31 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IQ6LN. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The language is yet to be determined.
The Ortona Maritime Institute "Leone Acciaiuoli" (I.T.N) is a technical high school aimed at providing the students with a preparation adequate to start a career as an officer on merchant ships or continue their university studies in the field of engineering disciplines. The subjects that characterize the I.T.N. are: Navigation, Astronomy, Celestial navigation, Satellite navigation, Telecommunications (including satellite telecommunications), Technical English, Nautical and Aeronautical Meteorology, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Physics. Lots of them deals with issues related to space technologies. Number of students about 400.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. We all believe you are special people working together to achieve one
common great goal. Are you proud of the great moral and scientific
value of your commitment?
2. What is the relationship among you being forced to live together in a
confined place for an extended period of time?
3. What cultural requirements must an astronaut satisfy besides very hard
physical and psychological training?
4. Is it easier for astronauts to get used to being weightless or to get
used to gravity again when they come back to Earth?
5. What height is ISS orbiting at and why was this specific height chosen?
6. How is the ISS flight path controlled?
7. When working outside the ISS how are you protected from the space
environment and the risk of flying away?
8. How long does the voyage back down to the earth take? And how does it
9. How do you feel when watching the earth from the spacecraft window?
10. Do you think living in space might change your perception of the world
and influence your future life on earth?
11. People say human beings age slower in space than on earth. Is that true?
12. How do days and nights alternate up there and how often do you see the
13. How do you receive news from the earth?
14. Do you ever happen to miss your ordinary life on earth while being up
15. What does astronauts' diet consist in and how is it usually prepared?
16. How are water and oxygen generated on board?
17. What research are you doing and what benefits will result from it?
18. We know you are growing plants on board. Why?
19. How do you dispose of waste? 20. Do you think people will travel to space in the next future?
Watch for live stream at: http://www.livestream.com/AMSAT_Italia
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
1. Centre de Formation de la Base Aérienne de Payerne, Switzerland,
direct via HB9SPACE
Wed, 21 Mar 2012, 08:39 UTC
2. Salem Elementary School, Apex, NC, telebridge via VK5ZAI
Wed 21 Mar 2012, 14:09 UTC
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN