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Upcoming ARISS contact with Scuola Italiana di Montevideo(SIM), Montevideo, Uruguay

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Scuola Italiana di Montevideo (SIM), Montevideo, Uruguay on 22 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:39 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia 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.


The SIM is a prestigious educational institution in Uruguay, which has a history of 125 years of uninterrupted work. Provides educational services covering all cycles from the Nursery School to High School. Its building infrastructure is established in an area of over 13 hectares, with large green spaces and vast locations closed and open. Our organization has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for the "Design and provision of education for all school years" is the only private educational institution in the country that has achieved this award. The Scuola Italiana di Montevideo account for over fifteen years with astronomical activities cut across the entire institution, through the SIM Astronomical Observatory.



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


1.  How do you feel about being in a spaceship in space?

2.  What most impresses you of the ISS?

3.  What is the mission to accomplish in space?

4.  What do you do during the day? What do you do at the station?

5.  What kind of research carried out on ISS?

6.  How long stay in space?

7.  Have some free time? How is it used?

8.  Feel the lack of friends and family? Are you in contact with them? How?

9.  How many people can live on the ISS?

10. How are the tests that you had to overcome to go into space?

11. How to solve the problems of hygiene: the bathroom, washing hands, 

    washing clothes?

12. It is difficult to return to Earth after the last few months without 


13. How you can see the Earth and the Sun from ISS?

14. When did you realize to become an astronaut?

15. What led you to become an astronaut and how you did it?

16. What does your family think about you?

17. How eat an astronaut?

18. How is it to live without gravity?

19. What's it like to travel in a spaceship?

20. How many times have you gone to space?





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Next planned event(s):



  1.  Simulation contact  Radioclub of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, direct 

      via ON4CP

      Mon, 22July2013, approximately 18:30-19:30 UTC

      This training session is with  Alexander Gerst KF5ONO.


  2.  Simulation contact Radioclub of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, direct 

      via ON4CP

      Mon, 22July2013, approximately 18:30-19:30 UTC

      This training session is with Reid Wiseman, KF5LKT.


  3.  ESA Space Camp 2013, Radstadt, Austria, telebridge via VK4KHZ

      Wed, 24July2013, 11:44 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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