[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Private Salesian High School named of St. Dominic Savio, Wroclaw, Poland

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Wed Nov 23 15:36:17 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Private Salesian High School named of St. Dominic Savio, Wroclaw, Poland on 25 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:12 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Private Salesian High School named of St. Dominic Savio


The Private Salesian High School is the secondary school providing general education that is led by the Salesian Community. The school was established in 1998. They stimulate students to apply knowledge to life, to embrace it wholeheartedly, to face reality with integrity, fortitude and optimism, and to serve society dedicatedly. The school focuses their attention on relationships between students and teachers, and parents and teachers.


The school offers opportunities for students' involvement in activities which take place after school, at weekends and at holiday time. The school leads international exchange of students with Germany and Spain. Apart from achieving good academic results, the school provides a very wide range of cultural, sporting, physical, biological, geographical, social and extra-curricular activities for students from other schools and the local area. The school has the title of the Local Center for Environmental Activity, and it was awarded as an international Green Flag certificate in Poland - so, its role is to attract the attention of society to ecological problems, and to raise environmental awareness in the public. The "Perspektywy" magazine has placed this high school in the group of the best catholic schools in Lower Silesia. They took the 9th place in the ranking of high schools in Wroclaw in 2016, conducted by the Polish newspaper named "Wyborcza". The school has experience in conducting and coordinating environmental projects, and it has carried out so far four Comenius and Erasmus+ projects, and it was also a partner in a Youth Exchange project about global warming.


During the preparation to the ARISS school contact, students attended an amateur radio course prepared by SP6PWR - a local Polish Amateur Radio Union club (DOT-01 PZK), in cooperation with members from other amateur radio local clubs: SP6ZWR, SP6PSR and SP6PWS. Wlodek SQ6NLN, Piotr SQ6VY and Waldemar 3Z6AEF prepared lectures and workshops on amateur radio classes at school. Teachers of different subjects gave many lessons based on materials the NASA and ESA, associated with the subject matter of the project. School invited a few astronomers, who gave very interesting lectures. Students created models of spaceships, capsules of mankind and science fiction literature. They took part in the 6th Polish-wide Conference of Contributors and Sympathizers of the ARISS programme in Ostrów Wielkopolski. Students and teachers were invited to the Wroclaw Opera to the "Chopin: The Space Concert". During this event, within the World Space Week 2016, a special guest - an astronaut George D. Zamka gave them an award for promoting astronautics and astronomy amongst young inhabitants of Wroclaw. In cooperation with the Wroclaw University, they organised workshops in the astronomical observatory in Bialków, and various activities were undertaken there: observation of the sky, astronomical lectures and exercised astrophysical experience such as building a rocket and a spectroscope. Eventually, a few new amateur radio licensed operators (so-called HAMs) should become active on amateur radio bands in the near future.




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


1.  What personality features do you need to have to manage and stay in space 

    for so long? 

2.  What were your first activities or experiments in microgravity that you 

    did for your curiosity or pleasure? 

3.  Is it possible to catch flu or cold and if so, can you take the same  

    medicines that we take here on Earth? 

4.  How many millimeters are you taller on the ISS than on Earth? 

5.  What emotions dominated you during the first expedition: fear, joy or 


6.  What do you think when you look down on Earth and its inhabitants? 

7.  Do you like to be in constantly free falling state on the ISS? 

8.  Is it hard to fall asleep in space? 

9.  What are your duties on the ISS? 

10.  How well is cosmic rubbish visible from the ISS and how can you protect 

     the ISS against them? 

11.  Is it true that the Great Wall of China is only object built by humans 

     that is visible from the ISS? 

12.  How do you feel the changes of time during a day on the ISS? 

13.  Is it good idea to have pets like a cat or a dog aboard the ISS?

14.  Have you got some unusually felling or health problems after a few days 

     in microgravity environment on the ISS? 

15.  What's your way to deal with boredom in space? 

16.  How were you selected to work as an astronaut and how were you selected 

     for this mission to the ISS? 

17.  Will you have a Christmas tree on the ISS this year?







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Next planned event(s):


Collège Michel Lotte, Le Palais, France, telebridge via LU1CGB

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KF5FYG

Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-11-28 10:38:06 UTC  


Watch for live audio stream:   

http://radio-belleile.fr/contact-iss-michel-lotte-2016/ (sound only, the  video will be recorded and available later)  




About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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