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ARISS Event Friday -- Zonnebloem school in Belgium & Pori follow-up


Tuesday October 19th 2004, high school students of Pori, 
Finland talked with Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin onboard the 
International Space Station.

The radio contact was established at 07:13 GMT when the 
ISS rose over the horizon in Pori. The Cosmonaut had 
already been calling the ground station OH1F in Pori a 
minute before and had been heard calling in western 

 From the very beginning of the radio contact to the end 
at 07:22 GMT, when the ISS went over the Pori horizon, the 
signals from RS0ISS were loud and clear.

In this report, time is expressed in GMT (Greenwich Mean 
Time). This is the expression used by the Russian Space 
Agency Energia, whereas the NASA uses the expression UTC 
(Universal Time Coodinated). Both espressions are 
equivalent. Since this ARISS School Contact was 
coordinated with Energia, we use GMT for the report.

Yuri Shargin answered 12 questions and said that he enjoys 
talking with his colleagues during their free time and 
also listening to music. His scientific work progresses 
satisfactorily and the food is delicious.

The Finnish ground station OH1F was operated by Timo, 
OH1NOA. Students, teachers, hams and media assisted to the 
contact (radio, TV and press).

A second ARISS School Contact has been scheduled for Yuri 
Shargin during his short stay onboard. Next Friday October 
22nd 2004, pupils of the primary school "Zonnebloem" 
(Turnsole) visiting the Science Exhibition in Hasselt, 
Belgium will have the opportunity to put their questions 
to the Cosmonaut:

1. What do you see when you look through the window ? OVER

2. What kind of experiments are you doing ? OVER

3. How big is the ISS ? OVER

4. How do you eat and drink in space ? OVER

5. Is there a limit of time you can stay in space? OVER

6. What education do you need to become a cosmonaut ? OVER

7. What is the temperature outside and inside the ISS? 

8. When do you wear your space suit and is it heavy? OVER

9. Did you ever meet the Belgian astronaut Frank Dewinne? 

10. Does space ends somewhere? OVER

11. How long does it take to get you from earth to the 

12. How many kilometers per hour do you travel OVER

13. Do you think there are living beings far from earth? 

14. Is there any danger to be hit by comets or meteroids? 

15. How do you provide the oxygen supply at the ISS? OVER

16. Is there any noise in space? OVER

17. How many people are onboard the ISS? OVER

18. What do you do if someone gets ill? OVER

19. Where and how do you sleep? OVER

20. Do you have plants or animals onboard the ISS? OVER

This will be a telebridge contact operated by the ARISS 
groundstation ON4ISS. The signals from space will be 
audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe chairman
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