An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sarnelli De Donato Middle School, Polignano a Mare, Bari, Italy on 21 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:03 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast and adjacent areas of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.
"Sarnelli De Donato" School is a middle school. It serves the educational needs of the town because it is the only middle school in town. It caters for boys and girls, aged 11-14. Located in one of the region's tourist areas, it is in the suburbs of the pleasant town of Polignano a Mare, in the south-east of the APULIA region, south-east of Italy. In its Curriculum the school focus on: Space Communication, Media Communication, the Environment, Science activities in lab. The school has a gym, an auditorium, a music room, two computer rooms, a new scientific laboratory, a video room, 22 classrooms. At present there are 526 students on roll and they attend the regular class daily, from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions (translated) as time allows:
1. What sensation do you standing there in the void thinking that everything
around is infinite?
2. How do they appear from the space station celestial bodies: sun, planets,
3. The astronauts on the Space Station as they do not understand if it is
night or day on Earth?
4. A drop of water that is lost in the air is dangerous for the electronic
equipment on board?
5. What are the immediate benefits for humanity arising from the results of
the experiments of your space missions?
6. The Risk factor aboard the Space Station can change by virtue of the
activities that you carry?
7. In a simple way how can be explained the force that keeps the ISS in
8. The infinity of space that surrounds you bring you closer to the image of
a "Creator God"?
9. The extraordinary figure of astrophysics Margherita Hack has influenced
your training program as an astronaut?
10. How do you live the danger that a meteorite will collide with the
International Space Station?
11. Assuming the distant future of man in space, the absence of gravity will
evolve as the appearance of man?
12. What factors determine the residence time of 6 months on the Space
13. Assuming that the trajectory of a meteor crosses the Earth's orbit, what
contribution can the Space Station for safety on Earth?
14. From space failed to observe atmospheric phenomena and to provide those
disasters such as tornadoes or tsunamis?
15. If the man in the distant future "inhabit" the space as it will change
your perception of spatial and temporal distances?
16. This mission how is for you example of an expression of brotherhood and
cooperation among people of different countries?
17. An 'possible for you direct contact with the family over the internet?
18. How much you exercise in Star City before you leave?
19. What specific astronomical events you witnessed during your stay on the
20. Will it be possible in the future for a person who is not an astronaut
traveling to visit and remain on the ISS?
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Next planned event(s):
1. Scuola Media Statale "Salvo D'Acquisto", Cesano Maderno, Italy,
telebridge via VK5ZAI
Tue, 24Sept2013, 10:18 UTC
Watch for possible last minute cancellation.
2. Collège de la Combraille, La Mouniaude À Chatelguyon, France,
telebridge via VK5ZAI
Sat, 28Sept2013, 08:39 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