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ARISS Notice -- Poland


ARISS is an international educational outreach program 
with participation of amateur radio societies in the USA, 
Canada, Europe, Russia and Japan. 

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 experience, first hand, 
how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize 
youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. 

Further information on the ARISS programme is available on 
the website http://www.ariss-eu.org/

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Gdynia is a middle sized city located in northern part of 
Poland. Gdynia, Gdansk and Sopot are close to each other 
on the border of the Baltic Sea. They form a complex of 
three cities, called Tricity.

Three schools participated to today's ARISS School 
Contact: two High Schools located in Gdansk and in Gdynia, 
and the Maritime Academy of Gdynia.

The Gdansk High School is a public high school, where 
students obtain middle and a high grades of general 
education. Specialised classes cover mathematical, 
biological and humanistic subjects. The school is well 
known for its innovative approach to education.

Author High School in Gdynia is a private high school also 
featuring innovative programs for the tuition of students. 

Both schools are participating in Space education 
programme ZNEK organized by Polish Astronautical Society. 
The ZNEK programme aims to provide interdisciplinary 
knowledge of astronautics for middle and high grade 
students. Students gain theoretical knowledge covering 
celestial mechanics, space technology, space law, space 
medicine and social science. The first ARISS School 
Contact in Poland is part of the project. Students from 
these schools are interested in further studies related to 
astronautics in Poland and abroad.

Gdynia Maritime Academy educates marine specialists at 
bachelor and master level. The Academy is well-known in 
Poland and abroad. The Academy comprises a 
radioelectronics section. Hamradio Club "Schooner" SP2ZIE 
is part of this section. The SP2ZIE Hamradio Club provided 
the ground station for the ARISS contact. This is a 
pioneering project in Poland and its role will be 
significant in further activities of the club. The club's 
HQ are located 80 meters above sea level, one of the 
highest sites in Gdynia. The location provides excellent 
conditions for an ARISS contact.

The ARISS contact took place during the international 
Space Week promoting cooperation in space exploration and 
space education. A great start for the third edition of 
ZNEK space education project. 

Mike Fincke answered all the questions prepared by the 
students. He said: 
- Eating in Space is fun?
- Sometimes we play games in the weekend, to relax?
- No, we have no beer on the ISS? 
- Commander Gennady Padalka is great. We get along very 
- We have?nt experienced severe malfunctions. We fixed 
stabilisation gyroscopes during an EVA?
- Yes, I miss my family. My daughter was born while I was 
up here. Will be happy to see her soon?
- Life on earth is fine. But I also like life in Space?
- Space is beautiful. The sky is very black and the stars 
don't twinkle?
- We are very busy. To relax I look at DVD films, play 
games and read books?
- I sleep very well onboard after a very busy working day. 
It's quiet up here?
- We mostly have contact with our professional ground 
teams. But also with hams over amateur radio?
- Yes. I would like to go to Mars. But I would miss my 

The Gdynia club station SP2ZIE was operated by Krystoff, 
SQ8JIP. There were about 40 people in the radio room, 
students, teachers, radio and TV. 

A closed loop ATV transmission was set up to another room 
with an audience of 100 people.

Congratulations to the Gdynia team for an excellent ARISS 
School Contact, a first in Poland.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe chairman

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