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ARISS Follow-up -- Belgium



ARISS-EUROPE NEWS BULLETIN OCTOBER 22, 2004

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/

The present News Bulletin is circulated to 567 
subscribers. For free subscription see website. 

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COSMONAUT YURI SHARGIN HAS SPACETALK WITH SCHOOLCHILDREN 
VISITING SCIENCE EXHIBITION, BELGIUM 

Friday October 22nd 2004, a group of schoolchildren 
visiting the Science Exhibition in Hasselt, Belgium had a 
Spacetalk with Cosmonaut Yuri Shargin onboard the 
International Space Station.

The radio contact was established by the ARISS telebridge 
station ON4ISS at 08:38 GMT when the ISS rose over the 
horizon. 

The pupils of the primary school ?Zonnebloem? had prepared 
20 questions and 13 could be answered by the Cosmonaut 
before the ISS went over the horizon. The signals from 
Space were loud and clear. An audio recording of the 
Spacetalk is appended to this News Bulletin archived on 
the ARISS-Europe website.

When the contact was over the children presented a song 
written by their teacher to celebrate their Space 
rendez-vous. 

A hundred schoolchildren and teachers witnessed the event 
which was covered by a radio station, a TV station and two 
widespread newspapers.

ON4ISS, the ARISS telebridge station, was operated by 
Philippe ON5PV. This was its ?maiden run?. ARISS has 
telebridge stations in the USA, in Hawaii, in Australia, 
in South Africa and presently also in Europe.

The ARISS School Contacts operated by Yuri Shargin 
inaugurate an educational outreach cooperation with 
Energia, the Russian Space Agency. Let us express the wish 
that it will be sustained and fruitful.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe chairman
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