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ARISS event - Scuola Europea Varese, Varese Italy, Monday,(23 Apr) 14:50 UTC

An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has
been planned with students at Scuola Europea Varese, Varese Italy on 23
April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:50 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The
contact should be audible in portions of eastern and central Australia.
Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Additional listening options are listed below.

IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010.  
You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at

EchoLink -  The audio from this contact will be available on the
EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208)
conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load
light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for
all listeners. 


To join the event: 
URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com

To access the Audio Replay of this call, all parties can: 
1. Go to the URL listed above. 
2. Choose Audio Streaming under Join Events. 
3. Enter the conference number and passcode.  (Note that if this is a
recurring event, multiple dates may be listed.) Replays are available
for 30 days after the live event.
Varese is located about 50 km northwest of Milan, close to the Lake
Maggiore and the Swiss border. The Scuola Europea Varese is an
international co-educational day school for students from pre-school at
age 4 to graduation at age 18. The school has more than 1300 students
from all over Europe. 
The aims of the European School Varese are to give pupils confidence in
their own cultural identity and the bedrock for their development as
European citizens, to develop skills in foreign languages such as
Italian, French, English, German and Dutch, and to encourage a European
and global perspective overall and particularly in the study of the
human sciences.
Students of different ages have been involved at different level and in
different ways in the programming of the ARISS event. Drawings, plays,
researches and multimedia products have been produced and collected and
will be on show the day the contact will be realized; the main topics
are the Earth, the Solar System, the Universe, the natural forces such
as gravity, etc.

Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 
1. What is your location at this moment in time with respect to the
2. At what speed does the ISS travel? 
3. Is the air you breathe aboard the ISS the same as that which we
breathe on the Earth? 
4. What are the minimum and maximum temperatures inside and outside the
5. Is the energy produced by the solar panels sufficient to maintain the
energy requirement on the ISS? 
6. What is your spacesuit made of? Is it light and comfortable? 
7. How much water is stored on the ISS? How long will it last? 
8. Do you have showers on board? 
9. Are your meals tasty? Are there any raw vegetables in your diet? 
10. Could you cultivate vegetables in a specially designed area on board
the ISS? 
11. Do you experiment on board with algae and bacteria? 
12. Is there a place where the organic waste is stored? 
13. Are astronauts also medical doctors? Have you been trained to deal
with medical emergencies? 
14. Does microgravity affects your blood vessel system? 
15. Are all the members of the team required to go on space walks or are
some of them required to stay on board at all times? 
16. At the speed the ISS travel, is it possible to detect objects such
as meteors crossing its orbit? Is there a radar station on board? 
17. What are the security features that could be activated in case of a
meteor impact? 
18. If a landing with the emergency shuttle was required, how long would
it take to reach the Earth? 
19. Do you think it will be possible to inhabit the Moon? If yes, when? 
20. Is there any danger for the human life? 

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the
automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual. Information
about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

Next planned event(s): 
Kingston Elementary School, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA , Mon
2007-04-23   18:43 UTC via KN4KL
Christian Life Elementary School, Rockford, Illinois, USA , Wed
2007-04-25  19:21 UTC via N9SH
Samuel-von-Pufendorf Gymnasium, Floeha, Germany,  Sat 2007-04-28   14:19

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

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.rac.ca/ariss  (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO 

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