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Upcoming ARISS contact with Schulhaus Dorf, Richterswil,Switzerland



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Schulhaus Dorf, Richterswil, Switzerland on 8 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:24 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and HB9IRM. The contact should be audible over Switzerland and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Richterswil is situated at the lake of Zurich. Although it is not very big it has 4 train stations and a direct access to the highway, which is part of the national street system.

Some of the approx. 11'000 inhabitants work in Zurich, which is about 30 kilometers away. Others are employed at one of the local firms or have jobs in the neighboring towns and villages. There are five schools and several kindergardens. Richterswil hosts its own museum and many different organizations such as sports clubs, a women's club, a parent's organization, a theatre group, several choirs and more. Every year on the second Saturday in November the "Räbechilbi" takes place. It is a huge turnip fair (actually the biggest in the world), where pictures made of turnips and lit by candles, are pulled through the town by school children and the members of our many clubs. This event is always visited by thousands of people, locals as well as tourists.


At our school we teach about 130 children aged from 10 to 13 years. They are split up into six classes (grades 4 to 6). Staff includes 8 teachers, a social worker and 2 janitors. Our school is situated next to the church and the hospital. Our class takes new challenges very willingly. As our goal we would like them to get more information about space and space travel. We intend them to become aware of a wonderful and interesting world around ours. As non native speakers it is also a good opportunity of practicing English - a language our students learned during the last two years.




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


1.  How old do you have to be to go into space? What are physical 

    requirements, if any?

2.  How do you feel when the rocket launches?

3.  How do you like the food in the space and how do you prepare it?

4.  What's your favourite movie?

5.  Do you have children, a family or a wife? Do you miss them?

6.  How does it feel in zero gravity?

7.  Was the training difficult?

8.  What are your plans when this mission is over?

9.  Why did you choose to become an astronaut?

10. How do you feel, when you return to earth?

11. How do you feel spending Christmas in space?

12. Was it difficult to become an astronaut and to pass the exams?

13. How do you feel when you see the Earth from space?

14. What did you originally train to be?

15. What kind of experiments are you doing at the moment?

16. What do you wear while you are in the ISS? Is it comfortable?

17. Is it difficult to live so closely together? Do you have any rules to 

    help you?

18. What is the temperature in space?

19. How does it feel, when you don't know which way is up and which way is 


20. How long does it take you to put on your spacesuit?

21. Are there any sounds in space or is it quiet?

22. What is it like to be 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.  Scuola Media Statale "Francesco d'Assisi", Modugno, Italy and Scuola 3 

     Circolo Didattico Don Lorenzo Milani, Modugno, Italy direct via IZ7RTN

     Sat 12 Mar.2011 10:22 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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