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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2011-04-19 03:30 UTC

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2011-04-19  03:30 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Toyota Children’s Scientific Expedition, Toyota, Aichi,  Japan, direct via 
Contact was successful: Mon 2011-04-18 10:05:45 UTC 45  deg (***)

Primary School “Dante Alighieri” De Neuquen, Neuquen –  Patagonia, 
Argentina, direct via LU8YY
Contact was successful: Mon 2011-04-18  12:25:04 UTC 81 deg (***)

Istituto Comprensivo Dedalo 2000 – Scuola  secondaria di Cingia de’ Botti 
(CR), Solarolo Rainerio, Italy, telebridge via  W6SRJ
Contact is a go for: Sat 2011-04-23 09:13:47 UTC 53  deg

Escola EBI/JI de Montenegro, Faro, Portugal, telebridge via  LU8YY (***)
Contact is a go for: Wed 2011-04-27 15:01:52 UTC 32 deg  (***)

Italian Air Force Academy, Pozzuoli, Italy, telebridge via  LU1CGB (***)
Contact is a go for: Thu 2011-04-28 07:04:16 UTC 45 deg via  (***)

Ecole Primaire de Larochette (Fiels), Larochette (Fiels),  Luxembourg, 
telebridge via WH6PN (***)
Contact is a go for: Fri 2011-04-29  10:12:19 UTC 88 deg (***)

Note, all times are  approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own 
orbital prediction or  start listening about 10 minutes before the listed 

Total  number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 620. (***)

Year  Direct %      Telebridge  %           Direct/    % Direct/  Total
Direct             Telebridge Telebridge Telebridge
2000   1     100.00   0           0.00        0           0.00      1
2001   25    59.52    17          40.48       0           0.00      42
2002   24    60.00    16          40.00       0           0.00      40
2003   29    74.36    10          25.64       0           0.00      39
2004   25    71.43    10          28.57       0           0.00      35
2005   37    67.27    18          32.73       0           0.00      55
2006   31    65.96    16          34.04       0           0.00      47
2007   51    68.00    24          32.00       0           0.00      75
2008   33    53.23    29          46.77       0           0.00      62
2009   57    47.11    62          51.24       2           1.65      121
2010   31    64.58    16          33.33       1           2.08      48
2011   40    72.73    15          27.27       0           0.00      55

Grand 384    61.94    233         37.58       3           0.48      620

Total number of  ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 40.

Please feel free to  contact me if more detailed statistics are  needed.


QSL  information may be found at: 



The  ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS 
partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan)  
team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for  ARISS 
contacts.  This schedule is very fluid and may change at  the last minute.  
Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is  considered secondary.  
check the various AMSAT and ARISS  webpages for the latest announcements.  
Changes from the last  announcement are noted with (***).  Also, please 
MSNBC.com for  possible live retransmissions 
(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp).   Listen for the ISS on the 
downlink of 
145.8Ø MHz.

The crossband  repeater has been active at times.
The frequencies are uplink of 437.8Ø MHz  and downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.

For information about educational  materials available from ISS partner 
Agencies, please refer to links  on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are interested  in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill
in an application.   The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a
direct request to support  an ARISS contact; the application must first be 
to the ARISS region  coordinator.

You should also note that many schools think that they  can request a
specific date and time. Once an application has been accepted  the ARISS 
mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable  date.

There are several ARISS web  sites:

English:  http://www.rac.ca/ariss/   

French:  http://c.avmdti.free.fr/ariss/index.htm   

ARISS Europe:  http://www.ariss-eu.org/   

ARISS Japan:  http://www.jarl.or.jp/ariss/   

Your completely filled out application should be returned to  the
nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is  not
listed.  E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an  application.

Here are the email addresses:
ARISS-Canada and all  other countries not covered:   ve2ka@rac.ca (Daniel 
Lamoureux  VE2KA)
ARISS-Europe:  jh.hahn@gmx.net (J. Hahn, DL3LUM /  PA1MUC)
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries:  iaru-r3@jarl.or.jp  (Keigo Komuro 
ARISS-Russia: n2ww@attbi.com  (Valerie  Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ)
ARISS-USA:  ARISS@arrl.org (The American Radio  Relay  League)

QSL  information may be found at:   

Other  web sites that may be of interest  include:


Latest ARISS announcements and news  

Successful  school  list

The  ISS Fan Club website is:

K1ELA has a  website at:

ON6SAT has a  website at:

IRLP website at:   
This new site will have the links  for simulcast contacts that have IRLP 
and Echolink.   

Additional information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of  events 
for where to find the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.  

Friends and family of the Expedition 12 crew have put together a  website:

A listing of ARISS related magazine articles:  
Currently the list includes articles from CQ, CQ VHF, QST, and The AMSAT  
Journal.  Please contact me directly if you have additional suggestions.  

Exp. 26 on orbit
Dmitry Kondratyev
Catherine G. Coleman  KC5ZTH
Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

Exp. 27 on orbit
Andrey  Borisenko
Aleksandr Samokutyayev
Ronald J. Garan  KF5GPO

To let you in on how tough it is to schedule  contacts, here are some of 
constraints the ARISS mentors must work  under: 
Each Increment is 26 weeks in length. 

For any given  expedition, we typically may not schedule:
1. Anything the first 3  weeks.
2. During EVA weeks 
3. at least 2 weeks prior to the Increment  change. 
4. no contacts during meal and exercise periods.
5. no contacts  during post-sleep and pre sleep (before Ø8:ØØ UTC and after 
19:3Ø UTC)
6.  contacts on the day of Progress docking or undocking are  circumspect.

Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Gennady Padalka RN3DT  produced a video during their 
stay on Expedition 9. You can get the QuickTime  version (209MB) or the 
Windows Media version (152MB). These files are huge, so  only a broadband 
connection is recommended.    Thanks Mike and  Gennady!   

Windows  Media:

Doug  Wheelock KF5BOC produced a YouTube  video:

A  discussion on Doppler correction and the ISS frequencies may be found  at


This  file was updated 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC

1.        Go to designated  homepage URL.
2.        Click on  Audioconferencing.
3.        Click on  Audio Streaming.
4.        Click on  Join.
5.        Enter conference meeting  number.
6.        Enter passcode (case  sensitive) and there are 11 letters max.   
7.        Enter  name.
8.        Enter email  address.
9.        Enter company, use  ARISS or AMSAT if you want.
10.    Enter title  (optional).
11.    Agree to agreement  policy.
12.    Click proceed.
13.    Wait  for contact to start.  If you are there too early, then you 
will probably  hear music.  Contact streaming should start approximately 6 
minutes before  AOS.

IRLP website at: 
If using IRLP is  more convenient for you than using EchoLink, please  
connect to the  IRLP reflector 9Ø1Ø.  

The Discovery 9Ø1Ø Reflector also has  streaming audio available.  Once on
the main page, select “audio  library” on the left sidebar.  The prompt
to join the audio stream is  posted at the top of this page.

More directly, you can go to  

The audio  stream will be delayed. 

Additional information on the IRLP  Discovery Reflector requirements:
The use of the Discovery Reflector requires  that your audio player have 
ability to play a pls file.  Confirm that  your player has that file.  You 
should also confirm that port 8Ø8Ø is open  to allow the audio stream.

Here is how to check  Realplayer:
1.  Open up Realplayer
2.   Tools>Preferences>Content Media Types> click on Select located under  
the Manual button.  
You should see .pls as one of the accepted  files

Here is how to check Winamp:
1.  Open up  Winamp
2.  Options>preference>General preference>file  types
You should see pls as one of the accepted files

Additional  information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of events 
for where to find  the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.

You can connect to the  AMSAT Conference Room server at node 1Ø1377.
Audio is also available at times  on the JK1ZRW server at node 2772Ø8. 
Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to  keep the load light on the *AMSAT* 
server.  This will ensure good audio  quality for all listeners.

For latest information on ISS - school  contact audio feeds into EchoLink, 
please check the AMSAT calendar of events  at:


Simulation  contacts are terrestrial contacts that provide training for the 
astronauts on  the use of the ARISS equipment before going on orbit.   

Toyota Children’s Scientific Expedition, Toyota, Aichi,  Japan, direct via 
Contact was successful: Mon 2011-04-18 10:05:45 UTC 45  deg (***)
Congratulations Toyota Children’s Scientific Expedition and  Catherine! 

Proposed questions for Toyota Children’s  Scientific Expedition:
1. Can you play tennis in space?
2. Can you see the  eye of a hurricane from space?
3. When do you miss Earth the most?
4. What  do the planets and Earth look like from the space station?
5. What do you do  on your days off in space?
6. Why did you want to become an astronaut?
7.  What do you do if you get hurt or catch a cold?
8. Can you see falling stars  from space?
9. Can you bring dogs or cats into space?
10. What do the  astronauts do on the space station?
11. Can you see rainbows from  space?
12. What do tall mountains look like from space?
13. Do you ever  have disagreements with other astronauts?
14. What is your favorite food on  the space station?
15. How do you drink in space?
16. What do you do when  you need to change clothes in space?
17. Why did you want to go into  space?
18. Have you met any aliens?
19. Can you send letters from space to  Earth?
20. What color is the sky in  space?

Primary  School “Dante Alighieri” De Neuquen, Neuquen – Patagonia, 
Argentina, direct via  LU8YY
Contact was successful: Mon 2011-04-18 12:25:04 UTC 81 deg  (***)
Congratulations “Dante Alighieri” and Paolo!  (***)

Proposed questions for Primary School “Dante Alighieri” De  Neuquen: 
1. Ciao, come va lassù?  non hai nostalgia della nostra  terra?
2. Ti piace quello che  mangi e bevi nello spazio?
3. Come fai  per mantenere l’igiene personale?
4. Riesci a vedere le catastrofi naturali,  come quella del Giappone?
5. Avete affrontato situazioni di emergenza?
6.  Dallo spazio si può osservare  la riduzione dello strato di ozono?
7.  Che succede se durante una camminata spaziale, l’astronauta si sgancia  
8. Perché non provate a raggiungere nuovamente la luna?
9.  La mancanza di gravità causa problemi al tuo organismo?
10. Dalla Terra, come  possiamo trovare la ISS nel buio?
11. Nella navicella c’è un sopra e un  sotto?
12. Dal finestrino si vedono i continenti? e l’Italia e  l’Argentina?
13. Che tipo di studi state realizzando in questo  momento?
14. Ci sono dei pericoli esterni per l’astronave?
15. Per caso  non ti sei imbattuto in qualche extraterrestre?
16. È vero che quando un  astronauta ritorna sulla Terra la sua altezza 
17. Come si guida  l’astronave?
18. Nello spazio fa freddo o caldo?
19. Dalla ISS puoi vedere  il lato oscuro della Luna?
20. Che fai a divertirti?
21. Come fai a  dormire?
22. Dalla nave si vede il sole?
23. Come si fa a fare il pieno  della ISS?
24. Come fai a bere acqua?
25. Chi sono i tuoi  compagni?

1. Hello. How are you? Don’t you have nostalgia for the  Earth?
2. Do you like what you eat and drink in space?
3. How do you do to  maintain personal hygiene?
4. Can you see natural disasters as has happened  in Japan?
5. Have tackled an emergency situation?
6. From space can you  see the reduction of the ozone layer?
7. What happens if during a spacewalk,  the astronaut is detached from the 
8. Why haven´t you tried to get back  to the Moon?
9. The lack of gravity causes problems to your body?
10. From  Earth, how can we find the ISS in the dark?
11. In the spaceship… are up and  down?
12. Can you see the continents? and Italy and Argentina?
13. What  kind of studies or researches are conducted at this time?
14. Are there  external dangers to the spaceship?
15. By chance, have you met an  alien?
16. Is it true that when an astronaut return to Earth his height  increases?
17. How can you drive the ISS?
18. In the space is hot or  cold?
19. Can you see the dark side of the Moon?
20. What do you do for  fun?
21. How do you sleep?
22. From the ISS, can you see the sun?
23.  How do you fill the tank?
24. How do you drink water?
25. Who are your  partners?

Istituto  Comprensivo Dedalo 2000 – Scuola secondaria di Cingia de’ Botti 
(CR), Solarolo  Rainerio, Italy, telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact is a go for: Sat 2011-04-23  09:13:47 UTC 53 deg

Proposed questions for Istituto Comprensivo  Dedalo 2000 – Scuola 
secondaria di Cingia de’ Botti (CR):

1. Come  ti è venuta l'ispirazione per fare l'astronauta?
2. Da quanti anni fai  l'astronauta?
3. Quanto tempo di preparazione c'è voluto prima di andare  sulla ISS?
4. Che sensazione hai provato quando la Soyuz è partita?
5. Che  sensazione hai provato quando ti è stato aperto il portellone per 
entrare nella  ISS?
6. Come si svolge la tua giornata nello spazio?
7. Come viene  scandito l’alternarsi del giorno e della notte?
8. Perché ti piace fare  l'astronauta?
9. Ti mancano la famiglia e le persone che ti erano vicine  sulla terra?
10. Hai pensato di rimanere più tempo del previsto sulla  ISS?
11. Come ti senti quanto vedi tutta l’immensità dello spazio intorno a  te?
12. Qual è l’area dei pannelli solari che alimentano la Stazione Spaziale  
e quanta energia riescono a produrre?
13. E' dura la vita sulla ISS?
14. È  possibile tornare sulla terra prima della fine della missione?
15. Nel tuo  tempo libero sulla ISS cosa fai?
16. Che effetto fa guardare la Terra dallo  spazio?
17. Hai mai visto dalla ISS dei fenomeni inspiegabili?
18. Pensi  che siamo soli nell’universo?
19. Una volta tornato, se ti si ripresentasse  la possibilità, ripartiresti 
per lo spazio?
20. Potendo scegliere saresti  andato alla scoperta di un nuovo pianeta o 
sulla ISS?

1. Why did  you decide to become an astronaut?
2. How long have you been an  astronaut?
3. How long have you worked to prepare yourselves to live on  ISS?
4. What did you feel when the Soyuz take off?
5. What did you feel  when you opened the door and entered in the ISS?
6. What's your daily  routine?
7. How do you know when it is morning and when it is night?
8.  Why do you like doing the astronaut?
9. Do you miss your family and your  friends?
10. Have you thought of remain more time than planned on the ISS  
11. How do you feel when you see the whole space around you?
12. What is  the area of solar panels which power the Space Station and how 
much energy they  can produce?
13. Is it difficult to live on ISS?
14. Is possible to come  back before the end of the mission?
15. What do you do in your free  time?
16. What do you feel when you look at the Earth from the ISS? 
17.  Have you ever seen some unexplainable phenomena from the ISS?
18. Do you  think that we are alone in the universe?
19. When you come back, if you had  the opportunity would you go again in 
the space?
20. If you could chose,  would you go to discovering a new planets or on 
the  ISS?

===  Escola EBI/JI de Montenegro, Faro, Portugal, telebridge via LU8YY  
Contact is a go for: Wed 2011-04-27 15:01:52 UTC 32 deg  (***)

Proposed questions for Escola EBI/JI de  Montenegro:

1. Is it true that during the time of your missions at  space, you grow 
less old than the same time spent on Earth?
2. What was your  worst experience as an astronaut?
3. Does the spaceship have the equipment to  catch all the radiowaves 
brodcasted from Earth? How?
4. What is your daily  routine?
5. What is the most difficult technical equipment to use in the  ISS?
6. How do you take a shower in the ISS?
7. What do you eat on  space?
8. What is the difference between living in normal gravity conditions  and 
without gravity?
9. Which are the essencial skills and training to become  an astronaut?
10. I would like to ask you what is the sensation outside the  spaceship?
11. What type of damage can a meteor shower cause to  earth-orbiting 
spacecraft like the ISS? How can you prevent that?
12. What  are the side effects of gravity on your metabolism? What do you 
feel  different?
13. Are you scared when you fly? Are you thinking about the danger  
14. How is the sensation of seeing our planet from the space? What  is it 
15. What are ISS perspectives for the future?
16. Do you think  there is any change to men to land on Mars in the next 
ten years?
17. What  did you feel when you first entered the ISS?
18. How important is your task  for humankind?
19. How do you feel in the first ten seconds of the  flight?
20. What do you miss most about Earth when you are in the  ISS?

Italian  Air Force Academy, Pozzuoli, Italy, telebridge via LU1CGB (***)
Contact is a  go for: Thu 2011-04-28 07:04:16 UTC 45 deg via (***)

Proposed  questions for the Italian Air Force Academy:
1. Quale è stata la preparazione  fisica che ha dovuto sostenere per 
diventare astronauta?
2. In quali  patologie può incorrere a causa della permanenza nello spazio?
3. Quanto  hanno influito i suoi studi nella sua carriera da astronauta?
4. Se potesse  tornare indietro modificherebbe il suo iter formativo?
5. Quale è il futuro  della Stazione Spaziale Internazionale senza 
l'ausilio dello Space  Shuttle?
6. Gira voce di una "strana presenza" sulla ISS: ROBONAUT. Di che si  
tratta e come si interfaccia l'equipaggio?
7. Cosa consiglierebbe a chi  volesse intraprendere la carriera 
8. Quali sono le esperienze  lavorative e bagaglio tecnico più adatti per 
diventare un astronauta?
9. Il  primo uomo nello spazio fu Yuri Gagarin, che esclamò :"Vedo la 
Terra! È così  bella!" Mi domando che cosa prova quando vede la Terra dallo 
spazio. Quali sono  le sue emozioni quotidiane? Sono differenti da quelle che 
prova al suo  arrivo?
10. Dei numerosi esperimenti che ha condotto finora ce n'è stato  qualcuno 
in particolare che ha dato risultati inaspettati (in senso negativo o  
11. È possibile sapere in cosa consiste l'esperimento  "MATRIOSKA"?
12. Qual è stato l'esperimento da voi portato a termine, durante  questa 
missione, che avrà, a vostro parere, il maggiore impatto sulla nostra  vita 
(in termini di tecnologia, medicina, fisica)?
13. Proiettando la  crescita dello sviluppo tecnologico attuale sul 
prossimo secolo, quali pensate  potranno essere le nuove conquiste dell'umanità nel 
campo spaziale?
14. Quale  è stata la fase più critica dall'inizio della missione?
15. Come si trascorre  il "tempo libero"?
16. Che tipo di addestramento (fisico/psicologico) è stato  seguito?
17. Quando pensate che il turismo spaziale sarà alla portata di  tutti?
18. C'è un evento in particolare che vi ha convinti a diventare  astronauti?

1. How did you physically trained to became an  astronaut?
2. What diseases may you catch during your stay in space?
3.  How much did your studies affected your career?
4. If you could come back in  time, would you change your course of study?
5. What is the future of the ISS  without the support of Space Shuttle?
6. I've heard something about a  "strange presence" on Soyuz spaceship: 
ROBONAUT. What is it and how do the  crew interact with this robot?
7. Which suggestions do you want to give to  somebody who want to become an 
8. Which is the most suitable kind  of work experience and technical 
background for an astronaut?
9. The first  man in the space was Yuri Gagarin, who exclaimed : "I see the 
Earth! It is so  beautiful!". I wonder what you feel when you see the Earth 
from the space. What  are your daily emotions? Are they different from the 
ones you felt on your  arrival?
10. Among the several experiments you conducted was there anyone in  
particular that gave unexpected results?
11. Is it possible to know what does  the "MATRIOSKA" experiment concern?
12. Which was, according to you, between  the experiments finalized in this 
mission, the one that will have the highest  impact on our life (in terms 
of technology, medicine, physics)?
13. By  projecting the nowadays technological trend towards next century, 
what do you  think new discoveries of humanity in space will be?
14. According to you,  which has been the most critical part of the whole 
15. How do you  spend your "spare time"?
16. What kind of physical/psychological training did  you follow?
17. When do you think that space tourism will be a widespread  activity?
18. Do you remember a particular event that made you say: 'I will  be an  

Ecole  Primaire de Larochette (Fiels), Larochette (Fiels), Luxembourg, 
telebridge via  WH6PN (***)
Contact is a go for: Fri 2011-04-29 10:12:19 UTC 88 deg  (***)

Proposed questions for Ecole Primaire de Larochette  (Fiels):
1. Did you take something special (personal) with you on your  journey to 
the ISS?
2. Have you ever been afraid during your journey from  earth to the 
ISS?What was the most exciting moment of this journey?
3. Do you  have regular contact with your family and your friends?
4. How long did you  study to become an astronaut?
5. What is life like with other astronauts in a  confined space?
6. What kind of food do you have on the ISS?Does it taste  differently in 
7. Can you get sick while you are onboard of the  ISS?What is the worst 
that ever happened to you?
8. What do you particularly  like on the ISS?
9. How does it feel to orbit the earth with 28 000  kilometers per hour?
10. What kind of research are you doing on the  ISS?
11. Why did you want to become an astronaut?
12. How do astronauts  wash themselves?
13. What is the effect of weightlessness on growing  plants?
14. You are orbiting earth in 90 minutes. Is there also day and night  in 
90 minutes?
15. How do you regulate your time feeling of day and night?Can  you specify 
your schedule?
16. Can you see more shooting stars from the ISS  than from earth?
17. How many planets do you see from the ISS?
18. What is  the shape of the stars?
19. Do you believe in extraterrestrial life?
20.  Why does the ISS stay in  orbit?

Scuola  Secondaria I Grado “M.Maccioni” Nuoro, Nuoro, telebridge via LU8YY

Greenville  Elementary School, Greenville, IL, direct via W9KXQ

Proposed questions for Greenville Elementary School:  (***)
1. What do you do with the garbage?
2. Can you see rainbows from  space?
3. What is the best part of being on the Space Station?
4. Did you  feel nervous when lifting off on the Shuttle and what did it 
feel like?
5.  What do you do if you get hurt or catch a cold?
6. What do you do when you  need to change clothes in space?
7. What do the planets and Earth look like  from the space station?
8. How do you prepare for missions? Is training very  tiring?
9. How well do you sleep in Space and does time feel  different?
10. Do you think you will have problems with your muscles when you  return 
11. Does your sense of smell change in Space?
12.  What do you do in your free time? Do you have TV, internet and music?
13. Why  did you want to become an astronaut?
14. How does the human body react when  returning to Earth?
15. How is life without gravity? Is it possible to create  artificial 
16. Can you bring dogs or cats into space?
17. Do you  like zero gravity or do you feel sick?
18. What do you do on your days off in  space?
19. What is your typical day like?
20. Where are you now, and what  do you see outside?
21. What is your favorite food on the space  station?
22. What do you do for fun?
23. Can you see natural disasters  from space like the tsunami in Japan?
24. What do tall mountains look like  from space?
25. What kind of food do you eat and do you have Breakfast, lunch  and 
dinner like on Earth?
26. How long does it take to travel to the Space  Station from Earth?
27. When do you miss Earth the most?
28. What is our  earth like seen from ISS? Can we distinguish mountain 
ranges from plain areas,  oceans or the heavily polluted areas?
29. How did you feel when you first saw  Earth from space?
30. What are the physical requirements needed to become an  astronaut?
31. What is the maximum and minimum temperature outside the  orbiting 
32. At which speed does the ISS  move?

===  Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale “Enrico Mattei“, Maglie, 
I-73024, Italy,  direct via IZ7RTN

Proposed questions for Istituto  Tecnico Industriale Statale “Enrico Mattei”
: (***)
1. Avete avuto problemi di  black-out elettrici e come li avete risolti?
2. I piccoli detriti spaziali  sono pericolosi per la Stazione Spaziale?
3. Sei felice nel contribuire al  progresso della scienza spaziale?
4. Essere stato scelto dalla NASA per una  missione così lunga 
,specialmente come italiano, ti rende orgoglioso ?
5. Se  fosse possibile, rifaresti lo stesso percorso di studio o cosa  
6. Quali sono i principali problemi fisici nello  spazio?
7. La lunga esperienza a bordo della Stazione Spaziale ha soddisfatto  le 
tue aspettative? 
8. Quale è la massima potenza elettrica dei pannelli  fotovoltaici?
9. Come sono i relazioni con i tuoi colleghi  astronauti  sulla ISS?
10. La ISS può modificare autonomamente la quota da Terra quando  
11. Quali protezioni usate per difendervi dai raggi  cosmici?
12. La presenza a bordo di una donna astronauta influenza i vostri  
13. Quale messaggio ci vuoi inviare oggi da lassù?
14. Può  restare operativa la ISS oltre il 2020?
15. Hai visto un meteorite?
16.  Avete mai assistito ad un esplosione di una stella?
17. Che materiale è usato  per costruire le navicelle spaziali? 
18. Qual è lo sforzo che fate nella  fase di partenza e di atterraggio? 
19. Nello spazio si possono osservare  fenomeni particolari, quali?
20. Non sei stanco di stare nello spazio per  tutti quei mesi?
21. I Futuri progetti di colonizzazione della Luna vanno  avanti?
22. Qual è il nave spaziale che sostituirà lo Space Shuttle?
23. E  vero che dormite in sacchi a pelo?
24. Come vi lavate a bordo della  ISS?
25. Fuori dalla terra il vostro orologio biologico ha comportamenti  
26. Quali esperimenti avete fatto durante la missione? 
27.  Quanti anni occorrono per costruire la Stazione Spaziale?
28. Quante persone  possono entrare nelle navicelle Russe?
29. Ti è capitato di osservare altre  navi spaziali dalla ISS?
30. Fai ginnastica a bordo della ISS?
31. Quante  donne sono salite a bordo della ISS?

1. Have you had problems with  electrical black-outs and how did you fix 
2. Space debris are dangerous  for the Space Station?
3. Are you happy of the contribution is making to  space science?
4. Are you proud to be chosen by NASA for such a long mission,  being an 
italian astronaut?
5. Looking back would you change the school  courses you took?
6. What are the main physical problems in space?
7. The  long experience on board the Space Station has met your 
8. What  is the maximum electric power of photovoltaic panels?
9. What are your  relations with fellow astronauts on the ISS?
10. Can the ISS change  independently the quota to Earth when needed?
11. What protection do you use  against cosmic rays?
12. Does the presence of the woman astronaut on board  influence your 
13. What message do you want to send up there  today?
14. Can the ISS still be operative after 2020?
15. Do you have seen  a meteorite?
16. Do you have assisted to an explosion of a star?
17. Which  material is used to build the spaces ship ? 
18. Which is the effort that you  do in the phase of departure and landing?
19. In space you can see particular  phenomena, such as?
20. Do you are tired to stay in the space for all those  months?
21. Future plans for colonization of the Moon have been going  on?
22. What is the spacecraft that will replace the Space Shuttle?
23.  It's true that slept in sleeping bags ?
24. How washed you on ISS?
25.  Outside the earth your biological clock has various behaviors?
26. Which  experiments you have done during the mission?
27. How many years does it take  to build the Space Station?
28. How many persons can enter the Russian  spacecraft?
29. Have you happen to observed other spacecraft for the  ISS?
30. Do you exercise on board the ISS?
31. How many women are gone up  on  ISS?

Turin  Flying Institute, Caselle Torinese, Italy, direct via IK1SLD

Proposed questions for Turin Flying Institute:
1. Che cosa è  in grado di fare il Robonaut 2 e come può essere d'aiuto?
2. È complicato  abituarsi al disorientamento spaziale presente sull'ISS?
3. L'hardware dei  computer utilizzati è costruito appositamente per 
funzionare nello spazio?
4.  In termini di O2 e H2O avete un sistema di riciclo sull'ISS o vengono  
periodicamente riforniti?
5. Tra gli esperimenti svolti sulla stazione  spaziale, sono presenti 
sperimentazioni che possono migliorare la salute  dell'uomo?
6. Quali sono le mansioni a lei affidate in questa missione?
7.  Sulla stazione spaziale, oltre ad una persona specializzata a livello 
medico, è  presente anche una persona qualificata a livello 
8. In  qualche modo, viene prodotto inquinamento spaziale dall'ISS?
9. Durante  l'addestramento, quali sono stati i test più difficili da 
10. Le  sue missioni nello spazio hanno interpellato la sua eventuale fede 
religiosa, e  quanto hanno influito sulla sue considerazioni sul rapporto 
tra Scienza e  Fede?
11. Quali sono le problematiche che le apparecchiature radio possono  avere 
durante le trasmissioni con la terra?
12. Quali sono le modalità con  cui vengono inviate a terra le rilevazioni 
13. Quanti e quali sono  le sorgenti di energia elettrica di sicurezza?
14. Cosa ne pensa degli  UFO?
15. Rispetto alla sua ultima missione nello spazio, ha notato variazioni  
notevoli a livello climatico sul nostro pianeta?
16. In quali particolari  esperimenti è attualmente coinvolto?
17. È possibile contrarre una banale  influenza durante la missione? In tal 
caso, come ci si comporta?
18. Come  fate a sincronizzare i ritmi circadiani in orbita?
19. Al ritorno sulla  terra, quali saranno i problemi riscontrati sul corpo 
umano e come verranno  contrastati?
20. Una gita spaziale offerta ai vari governanti della terra  potrebbe 
servire a migliorare la qualità della politica?

1. What can  Robonaut do and how can they help?
2. Is it difficult to get used to the  disorientation in the ISS?
3. Is the computer hardware used purposely made to  work in the space?
4. Do you have a recycling system of O2 and H2O in the ISS  or are 
they periodically supplied?
5. Can the experiments carried out in  the space station help 
improve human health?
6. What is your role in this  mission?
7. Is there any specialized psychologist besides the doctor 
in  the space station?
8. How does ISS pollute the space?
9. Which were some  of the difficult tests during training?
10. Is your faith influenced by the  space missions and how 
has it determined your consideration of the rapport  between Science and 
11. What technical problems are likely to  occur with the radio 
transmission to earth?
12. Which is the method used  to send space samplings to earth?
13. Do you have any emergency energy  sources, how many are they?
14. What is your opinion about UFO?
15. In  comparison to your last space mission is there any 
significant climate  change?
16. In which specific experiments are you involved?
17. Is it  possible to catch a flue in the mission and in case of 
any what do you  do?
18. How do you synchronize circadian rhythm in the orbit?
19. Which  problems does the human body face on return from the 
mission and how are  they resolved?
20. Can a trip to space by political leaders help improve the  
quality of  politics?

Space  Day 2011, Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, 
Washington,  DC, telebridge via TBD

St.  Michael School, Schererville, IN, direct via KB9ORH

Primary  school “Pasquale Luisi”, Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Foggia, Italy, 
and Secondaria  Di 1° Grado “Virgilio”, Castelluccio , Italy direct via 

Tecnico  Industriale Statale “Gerolamo e Margherita Montani”, Fermo, 
I-63023, Italy,  direct via I6KZR

Proposed questions for Tecnico Industriale Statale  “Gerolamo e Margherita 

1. Che tipo di materiale isolante  viene utilizzato per resistere alle alte 
temperature della faccia della ISS  esposta al sole?
2. Qual è il valore minimo e massimo della temperatura fuori  dalla 
stazione orbitante?
3. Qual’è la velocità massima della navicella una  volta rientrata nell’
atmosfera terrestre e quale temperatura raggiunge lo “scudo  termico”?
4. La vita dell’astronauta è noiosa?
5. Ci vuole una particolare  preparazione fisica prima di andare nello 
6. Com’è la terra vista da  lassù? Si distinguono le zone montuose dalle 
pianure, gli oceani o le aree ad  alto inquinamento atmosferico?
7. Si vede la muraglia Cinese dalla ISS?
8.  Quali caratteristiche psicofisiche deve avere una persona per poter 
diventare un  astronauta?
9. Quali sono i tuoi compiti all’interno della ISS?
10.  Capitano imprevisti? Se sì, come bisogna comportarsi?  
11. Nella  progettazione e costruzione dei moduli della ISS quale sistema 
di misura ha  messo d’accordo tutte le nazioni partecipanti?
12. La vostra giornata  tipo.
13. In che consiste il vostro nutrimento?
14. Come vi  approvvigionate dei liquidi necessari per dissetarvi e per l’
15. Per  non correre il rischio di urtare la così detta spazzatura 
spaziale, la ISS ha un  sistema che evita questo inconveniente?
16. Avete problemi fisici dovuti ad  un periodo così lungo di assenza di 
17. Attraverso quali sistemi  avviene la trasmissione dati dalla ISS verso 
18.  Quali apparati radio sono utilizzati per i collegamenti da terra verso 
la  ISS?
19. Che potenza hanno questi apparati?
20. Con quale velocità si  muove la ISS?
21. Dato il continuo movimento della ISS quale tipo di antenna  si utilizza 
per i collegamenti con la terra?
22. Le antenne di quale  materiale sono costruite?
23. In linea di massima a quanto ammonta il costo  giornaliero della 
24. La stazione orbitante ha propri motori? Se  sì, come sono alimentati? 

1. What insulating material of the part  exposed to the sun of the ISS must 
be used to withstand the high  temperature?
2. What is the maximum and minimum temperature outside the  orbiting 
3. What is the terminal velocity when the spacecraft enters  the atmosphere?
4. Is an astronaut’s life boring?
5. What training does an  astronaut have to take before he can go into 
6. What is our earth like  seen from ISS? Can we distinguish mountain 
ranges from plain areas, oceans or  the heavily pollute areas?
7. Can you see the Chinese Wall from the  ISS?
8. What are the physical characteristic that a person had to have to  
became an astronaut?
9. What are your work assignments inside the ISS?
10.  Can accidents occur in outer space? If so how to behave properly?
11. What  measurement system has been agreed on amongst the nations in the 
designing and  construction of the ISS module?
12. What is your typical day like?
13.  What is your nourishment inside the space station?
14. How do you obtain the  necessary liquids when you are thirsty and for 
personal hygiene?
15. What  measures have been taken to help track space debris?
16. Do you have space  adaptation syndrome due to the lack of gravity for 
such a long period of  time?
17. What are the performance criteria for space-to earth data  transmission?
18. For the earth-space communications, which radio devices are  used?
19. How much power have those device?
20. At which speed the ISS  moves?
21. Given the constant motion of the ISS, what type of antenna is  required 
to send signals from the ISS to earth?
22. What are the construction  materials for antennas?
23. What is the average daily cost of the space  mission?
24. Have the space station its own motors? If it have, how they are  

Mount  Carmel Academy, Houston, TX, telebridge via TBD

English  Estates Elementary, Fern Park, Florida, direct via N4EH 

Primary  and Junior High Schools Complex in Podgrodzie, Debica, Poland, di
rect via SP8YAY  or 3ZØISS

Proposed questions for Primary and Junior  High Schools Complex in 
Podgrodzie: (***)

1. Can you see the  continents from space? Can you see Poland?
2. Can you see other  planets?
3. When are coming back on Earth?
4. Do you have free time  there?
5. How long and how do you sleep?
6. Do you eat some special food  there? What is it?
7. Can we see ISS from the Earth?
8. Is there something  like rain in space?
9. How do you change your clothes?
10. Is it dark in  space?
11. What do you do when you feel dizzy?
12. What do you drink in  space?
13. How do you know when it is morning and when it is night?
14. Is  the Earth big or small?
15. Do you see UFO?
16. From the ISS, can you see  the moon?
17. What temperature is there in your ship?
18. Can you  communicate with your family?
19. How many people are there in the  ship?
20. Is there something like weather in  space?

Space  Laboratory, Herzliya Science Centre, Herzliya, Israel, direct 4X4HSC 
or via  telebridge TBD

South  West College Enniskillen, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, telebridge 
via  TBD

Hochtaunusschule,  Oberursel, Germany, direct via DLØHG

Youth  Hostel “La Foresta” c/o Rome, Italy, telebridge via TBD

United  Space School, Seabrook, Texas, telebridge via TBD

Pine  Tree High School, Longview, Texas, direct via WE5PT


Currently  the ARISS operations team has a list of 60 schools that we 
hope will be able  to have a contact during 2011.   As the schedule becomes 
more  solidified, we will be letting everyone know.  Current plans call for 
an  average of one scheduled school contact per week.

Charlie  Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors  

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