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ARISS Contact: Niebull Success

Friday 12 December 2003 at 13:59  UTC, i.e. 14:59  local 
time, the  German school Berufliche Schule des Kreises 
Nordfriesland in Niebuell, Germany, performed a radio 
contact with the US astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, on board 
the ISS.
The Berufliche Schule des Kreises Nordfriesland in 
Niebuell is a school center located in the most 
north-western part of Germany. The 2600 pupils are taught 
by 135 teachers. The school does focus on a big variety of 
professional education. The main fields are economics, 
computer science, health and nutrition, agriculture, 
social matters and pedagogics.

The amateur radio station of the school, DL0NIB, used its 
educational callsign DN0BSN for the contact.
The coordinating teacher Guenter Jannsen, DF3LG, did a 
brilliant job. He prepared the event, he managed the 
installation of the satellite station, he motivated the 16 
students to work out detailed pedagogic discussions about 
space technology.
The technical team did a perfect job and set up the 
satellite station with absolute professionalism. The 16 
students, the coordinating teacher, Mr. Guenter Jannsen, 
the technical team, the principal of the school, Mr. 
Bernhard Puschmann, and an audience of about 150 students 
and their parents gathered this early afternoon and waited 
for the contact.
The ISS called the school at the predicted time. During 
the 10 minutes long contact the students asked questions 
on a variety of topics, ranging from safety of the ISS and 
oxygen production to microgravity and noise on board the 
ISS. Mike Foale answered 16 questions. The sound quality 
was good, with minimumal noise and fading. The loss of 
signal came after the farewell words of the coordinating 
teacher, during the applause of the audience.
One radio station (NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk) and two 
newspapers (Nordfriesland Tageblatt, Wochenschau) covered 
the event. 
A big success in every respect!
73, Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ, ARISS mentor
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