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Upcoming ARISS contact with European Space Agency for ESASpace Camp 2011, San Rossore Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at European Space Agency for ESA Space Camp 2011, San Rossore Pisa, Tuscany, Italy on 23 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:42 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and IQ5VR. The contact should be audible over portions of Italy. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian.


150 children and teenagers from all over Europe will participate to the European Space Agency (ESA) Camp which this year will take place in San Rossore, Pisa, Italy. The participants are children of ESA employees, aged 8-17 years old, who will enjoy a rich program of sport, nature and science activities during the two weeks of the camp (16-30 July). The ESA Space Camp is an exceptional forum for reinforcing the ESA corporate spirit among the children who take part and for learning about space and ESA activities, and a good opportunity to do sports and socialize.


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


1.  Do you think aliens exist?

2.  Do you like camping?

3.  Did you have many friends when you were a child?

4.  Are you good at sport?

5.  Is it true that from space the Earth looks fragile?

6.  Are you homesick?

7.  What is your favorite sport?

8.  Do you think the space agencies will soon detect an exo-planet with alien 

    forms of life?

9.  Do you have children?

10. Do you ever have issues with your crew mates?

11. How do you feel about the end of the Shuttle program?

12. Do you have any suggestion for a sustainable lifestyle?

13. Did you participate to survival camps during your astronaut training?

14. If you would meet an alien, what would you tell him?

15. Have you ever been in Italy and Pisa in particular?

16. Are you worried about pollution?

17. When are you coming back to Earth?

18. What did you study at school?

19. What kind of physical exercises do you do during the astronaut training?

20. Do you have animals on board the International Space Station?



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


Next planned event(s):


United Space School, Seabrook, Texas,  telebridge via W6SRJ
Sat, 30 July, 2011, 17:01 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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