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Upcoming ARISS contact with I.I.S.S. "G. Marconi", Bari, Italy

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at I.I.S.S. "G. Marconi", Bari, Italy on 12 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 09:49 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OA4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas.  Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Italian or possibly English.


The ISS (High School) "Marconi" was founded in 1940. The institute is specialized in technological field and at the same time it is a scientific high school (applied science). There are more than 600 students and the ARI (Radioamateur Association of Bari) is a part of the ISS "Marconi" body. The Institute has participated in EduSat project, headed by ASI (Italian Space Agency) in collaboration with IMT - Ingegneria Marketing e Tecnologia (Italian SME). The ISS "Marconi" was the main Institute among South Italy High Schools involved in the above project. EduSAT is still in progress and the students are studying aerospace concept such as space environment, space telecommunication, satellite subsystems and so on. A Technological Satellite Simulator has been realized by IMT to help students make experiments in the laboratory. 



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


1.  Is it hard to get used to spatial disorientation?

2.  Are on-board computers built with special care to survive in the space?

3.  Is the recycling system of O2 (oxygen) and H2O (water) self-sufficient, 

    and if not, to what extent?

4.  Is the last device mounted on the ISS AMS by R. Vittori starting to show 

    results in relation to why it was built?

5.  What are your tasks in this mission?

6.  Are there in the ISS experiments to improve our health and wellness?

7.  How do you spend the free time that remains, if it remains, after you 

    have secured the daily operation of the station in all its aspects?

8.  How do the air conditioning systems of the station work in orbit at high 

    and low temperatures for exposure to the sun and in shade?

9.  What are the optimal health conditions to deal with space travel?

10. How to defend yourself from cosmic radiation in the ISS?

11. How often does the ISS need to be pulled up, as it tends to get off the 

    racing line of the orbit?

12. What is the ideal daily diet of an astronaut?

13. May the ISS have a role in the future interplanetary travels?

14. Have the spacesuits, used for extravehicular activity (EVA), been 

    improved technologically from the project "Apollo"?

15. Has a system of artificial gravity been created on the ISS for scientific 


16. How many years of life remain to the ISS?

17. How many astronauts can and must live on the station, the min. the max., 

    and in fully operational conditions?

18. Are there supply circuits in case of power failure in the 

    telecommunications system?

19. When you're in orbit, do you succeed to dominate the fear of the 

    unexpected and the thought of the imponderable?

20. If and how the real life changes after this experience?



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


Next planned event(s):


   1. A.S.J. Memorial High School, Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada,  

      direct via VA2VDL

      Mon 14Nov2011, 15:41 UTC 


   2. JSC Education, Houston, TX, USA, telebridge via VK5ZAI

      Tue 15Nov2011, 15:39 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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