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Upcoming ARISS contact with Lycée européen Charles de Gaulle, Dijon, France

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Lycée européen Charles de Gaulle, Dijon, France on 09 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:09 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between RS0ISS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Russian.



The european secondary school « Charles De Gaulle » is located in Dijon, region of Burgundy, France. Dijon is famous for mustard, wine, and his architecture. A lot of languages are taught in our european school « Charles De Gaulle »: english, german, spanish, russian, polish, arabic.

The President Charles De Gaulle started cooperation between France and USSR by the creation of the scadron Normandie-Niemen during Second world war. After that, in 1966, De Gaulle initiated the first spatial partnership between USSR and an occidental country: lunar exploration, Saliut, Soyuz, Mir. That's why our european school is especially interested by Russia. A lot of our students (15-18 years old) study Russian language. Each year, we organize school exchanges with Russia.


Personally, I taught 9 years in French secondary school in Moscow, and I organized a lot of educational projects with help of CNES, French Embassy and Alexandra Ryurikovna Titova (meetings with Jean-Loup Chrétien, Claudie Haigneré, communications in Tsup with Leopold Eyharts and Jean-Pierre Haigneré, visits of Star City, launches of microrockets.).


Since 2010, biology in russian is taught in the school « Charles De Gaulle ». In 2011, our students organized an exposition for 50th birthday of the space flight of Yuri Gagarin. Now, they are impatiently waiting for the communication with you !


Fabrice Diot

Teacher of Biology-Geology




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


1.  What does the Earth look like, seen from the ISS ?

2.  When and why did you decide to become an astronaut ?            

3.  In which language are you talking in ISS ?

4.  How did you train before your flight ?

5.  Have you contacts with your family while you are on orbit ?

6.  What do you eat and drink on orbit ?

7.  What is an ordinary day on ISS ?

8.  What are you doing when you don't work ?

9.  How do you sleep in Space ?

10. Who is Gagarin for you ?

11. What was your most emotional moment in the Space ?

12. Your father is an astronaut do you want your son becomes an astronaut 

    too ?

13. Where does the oxygen come from in the ISS ?  

14. What is the first thing you wish do after your flight?

15. What changes in your body in microgravity ?

16. Are the effects of pollution on Earth visible from space ?

17. What will you miss most from space when you'll be back on Earth ?

18. What is your opinion on transforming the ISS into a space tourism 


19. What was the most difficult in Soyuz ?

20. I want to be an astronaut. Which advices could you give me ?




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


Next planned event(s):


     1. Hochtaunusschule, Oberursel, Germany, telebridge via W6SRJ

      Tue, 14 June 2011, 11:49 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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