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Upcoming ARISS contact with Istituto Comprensivo MarcoPolo... and Istituto Suore Mantellate, Viareggio, Lucca, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Comprensivo Marco Polo-Viani Scuola Secondaria 1° Grado, Viareggio, Lucca, Italy, and Istituto Suore Mantellate, Viareggio, Lucca, Italy  on 12 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:55 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and IZ5PVC. The contact should be audible over Italy. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.


The school is situated in the north-centre of Viareggio, in a large building near the seaside and the pinewood. The school is attended by 338 students from the age of eleven to thirteen fourteen. There are 14 classrooms with 43 teachers and a head teacher. The school has an experimental curriculum, that is basic subjects plus additional activities such as Drama, Art, Music, Foreign Languages (Spanish, English, French, German) attended by  groups  of students. School activities  are carried out in special well equipped laboratories.


The Institute Suore Mantellate of Viareggio was founded in the mid-1800.  The Institute became school in 1913 and with various grade of schools: nursery (kindergarten), elementary school and for female workers and in 1946 the course was full of Middle School and Institute of Science. The school walked with the times and updates and in 1987 he left the testing of an Institute of Science seeks to provide two addresses: biological and psychological fields.  Now "High School of Communication."  The Institute continues to educate, from primary to secondary school, boys and girls aged 6 to 18 years.



Participants will ask as many of the following questions (translated) as time allows: 


1.  What is a spacesuit made of?  Why is it white? 

2.  How big is the inner side of the space station? 

3.  Does the voice tone changes in the space? 

4.  Does the behavior of vibrating bodies, like the strings, change  

    in zero gravity? 

5.  What is the feeling looking at the Earth from a different point 

    of view? 

6.  What motivated you to become an astronaut? 

7.  What colors can you see from up there? 

8.  Is there the same silence in the space like what we have on 


9.  Do you miss Earth and what do you miss most? 

10. During your stay in space, does the human body change? 

11. If you got sick or injured, how do you cure yourself? 

12. Do you plan to also do acoustic physics experiments? 

13. What preparation is required to become an astronaut? 

14. What kind of research are you performing this mission? 

15. Is there a "space sickness"? 

16. During a space mission is waste produced? 

17. What planets do you see except the Earth? 

18. Are there sounds in space? 

19. What is most striking for the first time you go into space? 

20. How are the stars from up there?



Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):


1. Istituto  Comprensivo Via Toscana 2 Civitavecchia, Roma, Italy, direct via 

   IKØWGF Sat, 15 Jan 2011 09:02 UTC 

   Should be simulcast on http://www.livestream.com/AMSAT_Italia



ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.


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 see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further information on the ARISS program is available on the website http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN

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