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Upcoming ARISS contact with Tecnico Industriale Statale "Gerolamo e Margherita Montani", Fermo,I-63023, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Tecnico Industriale Statale "Gerolamo e Margherita Montani", Fermo,I-63023, Italy on 12 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:57 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between IR0ISS and I6KZR. 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.


Gerolamo e Margherita Montani Higher Technical Institute is located in Fermo, the most important and ancient town in the district north of the province. Fermo has become recently a new Province of Marche Region.

The Montani Institute is one of the most ancient Italian technical schools. These are the courses that the school offers: Chemistry, Materials and Biotechnologies, Electronics and Electrotechnical, Computer Science and Telecommunications, Mechanics, Mechatronics and Energy.


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


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 station?

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 space?

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 powered?



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


Next planned event(s):


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

      Fri, 13 May 2011 14:48 UTC 


   2. Primary school "Pasquale  Luisi", Castelluccio Valmaggiore, Foggia, 

      Italy, and Secondaria Di 1° Grado  "Virgilio", Castelluccio , Italy 

      direct via IK0USO/7 

      Sat, 14 May 2011 09:09 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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