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Upcoming ARISS contact with Corrado Melone,Ladispoli and Istituto Comprensivo Ilaria Alpi, district Roma, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Corrado Melone, Ladispoli and Istituto Comprensivo Ilaria Alpi, district Roma, Italy on 18 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:38 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and IK0USO. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent area. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian. 



Our school "Istituto Comprensivo Ladispoli" is located in Ladispoli, a town by the sea with 40000 inhabitants, 45 km far from Rome. It provides education for 1,105 pupils - boys and girls- in the age range 3-14. Most of the classrooms are in the new building of Via Varsavia while some of the students attend lessons in the classrooms in other buildings and in different locations of the town. We also have a gym, a teacher room, a school library, a school hall, some laboratories, an ICT room, an Art room, a Music room. The Middle School "Corrado Melone" is in Ladispoli, in province of Rome. In this school there are about 1200 students. Age 11 - 14. The teachers will explain students what space stations are and the activities performed by astronauts. We are also interested in meeting the radio amateurs to illustrate their activities to the students. 



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


1.  What are the main aims of your mission?

2.  How did you decide to be an astronaut?

3.  What do you want to discover or to do in particular on board I.S.S.?

4.  What do your family and your friends think about your job?

5.  When you were our age, did you think of becoming an astronaut? Was it   

    always your dream?

6.  How long did your training to participate in this mission last?

7.  How did you spend Christmas time?

8.  How is the earth seen from the space?

9.  Do you ever think aliens can be observing you?

10. How long does the spaceship take to make an orbit around the earth?

11. When you see the Earth from the space, what do you think about our 


12. Have you ever been afraid of space?

13. What are the spacesuits made of?

14. Which things you see or do in the space fascinate you more?

15. What did you have to do in order to prepare for this mission?

16. What's the temperature outside the station?

17. What is the training of an astronaut like?

18. What is the most dangerous moment during the mission, the take-off or the 


19. Is the sound of the human voice different in the space?

20. Which projects do you carry out on board?

21. What does the Earth look like from space?

22. What is it living in a small place like the Space shuttle?

23. How long does it take to get to space?

24. What do you eat and drink?

25. Are there any laboratories on the ISS to carry out scientific 


26. How do you shave without gravity? 



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


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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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