An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Comprensivo di Govone-Scuola Secondaria di primo grado "Nino Costa" di Priocca, Priocca, Cuneo, Italy on 14 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:30 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The two Junior High schools "Nino Costa" of Priocca and "T.L. Dalmasso" of Govone are an integral part of the Comprehensive School of Govone in the province of Cuneo. The municipal territories of the Comprehensive School of Govone are situated on the left bank of the river Tanaro; this district, which is a hill country, is called "Roero" and it's famous for its fine wines. The inhabitants live mostly in the plain where the schools can also be found while on the top of the hill there is the old town centre where is the townhall. The students came from the small towns of Govone, Priocca, Magliano Alfieri, Castellinaldo, San Damiano. The school is attended by about 300 pupils, aged between 3 and 13 years.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What do you do in order to keep fit? 2. How do you preserve food? 3. Is it possible to keep plants on the ISS? 4. How is the quantity of food needed on board the ISS calculated? 5. Can you drink carbonated drinks? 6. Is the water on board recycled? If yes, does it taste different from the
normal tap water? 7. After your fitness activity on board are you tired like on Earth? 8. How do you communicate with the control base on Earth? 9. What are the physical reactions you notice when passing from gravity to
microgravity? 10. How difficult is it to leave your family and beloved behind for a journey
into Space? 11. How did you develop your passion for astronomy? 12. What kind of experiments do you carry out on board? 13. What kind of food do you have at your disposal? 14. How many times a day do you eat? 15. What is a typical day like? 16. What kind of idea about Space did you have before leaving and what do you
think now? 17. Does it get boring after a while? 18. Does living in Space increase or reduce weight? 19. Are you prone to infectious diseases on board the ISS? 20. What kind of vehicle takes you to the ISS? 21. How do astronauts wash themselves? How much water can they use? 22. What do astronauts wear inside the spaceship? 23. How long can an astronaut stay in orbit on the ISS? 24. How long does it take for the Shuttle to dock with the ISS?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
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