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Upcoming ARISS contact with Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Enrico Fermi", Lucca, I-55100, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Enrico Fermi", Lucca, I-55100, Italy on 4 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:52 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and IQ5LU. 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.


State Technical Industrial Institute is named to Enrico Fermi and is located in Lucca, Northern Tuscany. 5 years courses in Mechanics, Electrotechnics, Electronics, Information and Communication Tecnology with several laboratories. About 700 students aged 15-19. They had an Amateur Radio Club with the callsign IK5YOI (license expired).


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


1.  What is physical and mental training of astronauts before being sent on a 


2.  How long does it take to get used to the absolute lack of gravity?

3.  The daily requirement of calories is the same as on earth? How much you 

    need in the space?

4.  How is waste disposed on ISS?

5.  What experiments do you make in this space mission?

6.  How do you manage to dock the space ship at the ISS?

7.  Is there a risk of collisions with space debris?

8.  Does so long stay in a zero gravity environment lead to physical 


9.  How is the space station is shielded from cosmic radiations?

10. Why the ISS flies 350 km above our planet surface?

11. How long a group of people can live in space in an restricted 


12. What do you miss most about being so long on ISS?

13. What is the atmospheric pressure inside the space station?

14. How do you maintain a comfortable environment on the ISS, with enough 

    oxygen, moisture, bacteria, etc?

15. What kind of materials is the ISS built with?

16. What is the purpose of the MagISStra mission?

17. How is heat distributed inside the space suit you wear when you go into 

    the outer space?

18. Is the probability of collisions with other orbiting bodies a real 


19. If you get an internal or external fault how do you proceed to fix it?

20. In what way mankind can get advantage of the results of research done 

    during those long space missions?

21. How long does the human body takes to adapt to change on ISS first and 

    then to return to earth?

22. Could the results obtained from the experiments on the ISS be in 

    preparation for a future mission to Mars?

23. Do you have a "lifeboat", that allows you to leave the ISS in case of 



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


Next planned event(s):


1.   Rosebud  Secondary College, Rosebud, Victoria, Australia, telebridge via 


     Mon, 4 Apr 2011, 09:04 UTC 


2.   Scuola Primaria III  Circolo "Tiro a Segno", Fermo, I-63023, Italy, and 

     Scuola Primaria "Viale della  Vittoria", Montecosaro, I-62010, Italy 

     direct via I6KZR

     Wed 4 Apr 2011, 07:10 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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