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FIRST SWISS ARISS SCHOOL CONTACT

The ARISS School Contact with the school at Richterswil in Switzerland has 
been performed today 19 April 2005 in excellent conditions.

Contact was established at 07:37 UTC, which is 09:37 local time. Signals 
from space were loud and clear all along the QSO.

Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW answered all the 20 questions prepared by the 8-10 year 
old schoolchildren. He said he had a nice view of the Alps and the Zurich 
region. He cannot see planes but very well the trails they produce in the 
atmosphere. He also said he was delighted to speak to schoolchildren from 
space over amateur radio.

This ARISS School Contact was a first for Switzerland. It also was record 
breaking. Indeed, no astronaut ever before had done 23 ARISS School 
Contacts during an expedition onboard the ISS. Congratulations Leroy!

Within a few days crew 10 will return to earth after a 6 months mission 
onboard the ISS. Crew 11 is already onboard, comprising cosmonaut Sergei 
Krikalev, U5MIR, Commander and astronaut John Phillips, KE5DRY, Expedition 
11 Flight Engineer and NASA Station Science Officer.

We wish Expedition 11 an excellent mission and Crew 10, Leroy Chiao, 
Salizhan Sharipov as well as visiting ESA astronaut Roberto Vittori a safe 
journey back home.

The audio of the Richterswil contact is available on the Archive page of 
ARISS-Europe website.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS-Europe chairman
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