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Upcoming ARISS contact with Istituto Sociale, Torino, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Istituto Sociale, Torino, Italy on 14 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:49 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over portions of the northern U.S. and Canada. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.


The "Istituto Sociale" is a Catholic school considered as equivalent of state, located in Turin. The institute is composed of primary, middle schools and high schools classical and scientific. The students involved in the ARISS project belong to middle school. The school consider very important that this activity takes place at a school in Turin, since many modules of the ISS have been built by Thales Alenia Space in Turin.


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


1.  Why have you decided to become an astronaut?

2.  What are the criteria to select an astronaut? What is the minimum age to 

    participate to the missions?

3.  How do you prepare to missions? Is training very tiring?

4.  How the human body reacts when returning to Earth?

5.  What is the daily routine on ISS? What kind of tasks do you perform?

6.  What do you do in your free time? Have you TV, internet and music?

7.  How time elapses on ISS? How do you measure it?

8.  Where are you now, and what you see outside?

9.  How is the Moon seen from ISS?

10. What is the maximum distance reached by a manned mission?

11. What is the scope of your mission?

12. What has been your first mission? Or is this your first mission?

13. What is your feeling, seeing things dreamed by Man since millennia?

14. Do you have a logbook?

15. What and how do you eat? Where do you keep your food?

16. In what position do you sleep? Do your head bang around?

17. What kind of shield the ISS has, and how do you repair possible damages?

18. Are life functions in orbit the same as on Earth?

19. May you leave the ISS to "walk" in space? Have you walked outside?

20. How is life without gravity? Is it possible to create artificial gravity?



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


Next planned event(s):


1.            Toyota Children's Scientific Expedition, Toyota, Aichi, Japan,   

     direct via 8N2T

        Mon 18 Apr 2011, 10:05 UTC 


   2.   Primary School "Dante Alighieri" De Neuquen, Neuquen - Patagonia, 

        Argentina, direct via LU8YY 

        Mon 18 Apr 2011, 12:25 UTC 


  3..   Istituto Comprensivo Dedalo 2000 - Scuola secondaria di Cingia de'    
        Botti (CR), Solarolo Rainerio, Italy,  telebridge via W6SRJ

        Sat 23 Apr 2011, 09:13 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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