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PRESSE RELEASE RUTIGLIANO CONTACT, MARCH 21, 2006



WILLIAM McARTHUR TALKS WITH SCHOOL IN SOUTH-EAST ITALY



March 21, 2006



Tuesday 21 March 2006 at 13:54 UTC, i.e. 14:54 local time, the school
"1ÉCircolo didattico Giuseppe Settanni" in Rutigliano near the city of Bari in
south-east Italy performed a radio contact with US astronaut William McArthur,
KC5ACR, on board the International Space Station.



This radio contact is a common activity of two elementary schools (pupils• age
6 to 11) and one middle school (pupils• age 11 to 14) in Rutigliano, the
elementary schools "1ÉCircolo didattico Giuseppe Settanni" (500 pupils) and
"2ÉCircolo didattico Aldo Moro" (475 pupils) and the middle school "Alessandro
Manzoni" (615 pupils).

The questions were read by the amateur radio operator Michele Mallardi,
IZ7EVR.

Pupils, teachers, high representatives of the military and civilian
authorities and the Principessa Elettra Marconi, the daughter of Guglielmo
Marconi, were present at the contact.



Rutigliano, called "city of red soil", is located 8km from the Adriatic Sea,
near the city of Bari in South-east Italy. Because of the fertile soil,
agriculture is very important for the economy of the area, above all the
production of grapes and wine.



Michele Mallardi, IZ7EVR, the coordinator of the school station and operator
of the radio contact, did a very good job!

The technical team set up a satellite station with automatic antenna tracking
as well as a vertical backup antenna on the roof of the school "Giuseppe
Settanni".

They also installed the audio and video links from the shack at the "Giuseppe
Settanni" school to the assembly halls of the two other schools "Aldo Moro"
and "Alessandro Manzoni".



At exactly 13:54 UTC, right on schedule, contact with NA1SS was established.
Astronaut William McArthur answered 17 questions on any topics.

He explained for instance that the main experiments are to study the human
body so that we better understand how people can live and work for a long
period of time in space.



The signal was absolutely clear and loud. After the 17th question the
Principessa Elettra Marconi spoke to the astronaut. While William was
answering, the ISS went over the horizon and its signal went slowly down.



The TV stations RAI3, Telenorba, Telepuglia, Telebari and Teleregione, the
radio station Canale 103 and the newspapers Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, La
Repubblica, Blu and Fax covered the event.





73, Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ, ARISS mentor



<mailto:peter.kofler@schule.suedtirol.it>
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