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Upcoming ARISS contact with Istituto Comprensivo di Verano Brianza - Scuola Media, Verano Brianza, I-20050, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto  Comprensivo di Verano Brianza - Scuola Media, Verano Brianza, I-20050, Italy on 23 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:16 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and IZ2TBX. 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 or English.


Comprehensive Institute has three different school levels: kindergarten, primary school and middle and is attended by 700 children divided into 36 classrooms. Founded in late 1960, exactly was the same school attended by Paolo Nespoli when he was young. Verano Brianza is a small town of about 7000 citizens not far from Monza, in the heart of a beautiful area called Brianza. Verano Brianza is the place where Paolo Nespoli lived and where his relatives are living.



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


1.  As your fellow citizens, we are proud of you. How do you feel when you  

    speak with us from the ISS?

2.  How did you feel when you were launched from the Cosmodrome Yuri Gagarin 

    left 50 years ago?

3.  Which food did you take on the ISS? May be a dish of "Cassoeula"?

4.  In space a lot of activities you deal with automatically on the Earth, 

    are difficult to carry out. Which ones are the most demanding?

5.  Concerning body physiology(such as digestion, breathing, blood 

    circulation) which changes are involved in space?

6.  Since you were launched, have you ever had to face a health emergency?

7.  We know that some experiments have been carried out on you during your 

    mission. How do you feel as a guinea pig?

8.  Could the experiment Matroshka manage to measure the risks (damages) of 

    radiations in space?

9.  Could you stay on the ISS for more than six months or could it be too 


10. How is the hothouse experiment going on?

11. What's the hardest operation you'll have to perform during this mission?

12. Have you ever had to repair anything since you got on the ISS?

13. Might the ISS(International Space Station) be struck by foreign bodies? If  yes, how could you avoid them?

14. Considering your studies and your experience in space, do you think that 

    other lives might exist in the universe apart from ours?

15. What do you think you'll miss the most of space when you return to Earth?

16. What do you like doing on the ISS that you can't do on the Earth?

17. Have you ever gone out of the ISS? If yes, how did you feel?

18. How often can you keep in touch with your family?

19. Would you be proud if your children do your job?

20. Which one of the experiments you are carrying out, you like the most?

21. What do you do in your free time?

22. Have you ever had problems in communicating with another astronaut? If 

    yes, how did you solve (deal with) them?

23. What do you fear the most?

24. When did you decide to become an astronaut? Why?

25. What do you like the most and what do you like the least of your job?

26. Has anything unpredictable ever happened in your job? If yes, what was 


27. Were you more excited during the first or the second launch? 



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


Next planned event(s):


  1.  Istituto Comprensivo "G.Manzi", Civitavecchia, Roma, Italy,  and

      Istituzione Scolalstica "Saint-Roch", Aosta, I-11100, Italy direct via  


      Sat, 26 Mar. 2011 08:53 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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