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Upcoming ARISS contact with Collège Joseph Chassigneux, VINAY, France

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Collège Joseph Chassigneux, VINAY, France on 1 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:02 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and F6KJJ. The contact should be audible over portions of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


The School "Joseph Chassigneux" is located in Vinay, south-east of France, between Grenoble and Valence, in the valley of the river «Isere», nearby the area of Vercors. The small school is surrounded by walnut trees. The pupils come mostly from the small neighbouring villages, so they essentially live in rural environment.

There are 500 pupils and 36 teachers. The pupils aged from 11 to 15 attend traditional lessons of a French school. They take part in many cultural and sport activities at school and also outside the school.

The students participating in the ARISS project worked on two subjects: Space and the radio. They organised Science Days at school, they built satellite models, water rockets, electronic devices and published a news paper explaining the project. Moreover, they participated twice in a hamradio exhibition in our region in order to present their project to the visitors.

The ARISS contact will be the final step of the project on Space and the radio.


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


1.  What's the maximum time you can stay onboard the ISS?

2.  Is it likely to see UFO?

3.  How do you cope if you're ill?

4.  Do you sometimes see meteorites?

5.  What does your job consist in at the moment?

6.  Do you feel something special in weightless conditions?

7.  What did you feel when you first saw the planet Earth from ISS?

8.  Do you often leave the station to walk in Space?

9.  What does it feel like to leave Earth to go to the ISS?

10. How do you cope with the toilets?

11. What was your first reaction when you walked into the ISS?

12. Do you carry out experiments on animals?

13. What do you do to entertain yourself?

14. Is it cold in Space?

15. What impressed you most when you came in Space?

16. How many times did you do an EVA and for how long?

17. How do you sleep in Space?

18. Do you catch the world's news from Space?

19. Isn't it difficult to eat in Space?

20. What sort of fixing do you do outside the ISS?


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


Next planned event(s):



1. Buehl-Realschule Dornstadt, Dornstadt, Germany, direct via DN1WOL/DL1WOL

   Wed, 2 Feb 2011, 07:32 UTC


2. Adobe Bluffs Elementary School, San Diego, CA, direct via  KJ6KDZ

   Thu, 3 Feb 2011, 17:12 UTC 



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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