ARISS Schoolcontact op dinsdag 27 maart om 17:41 UTC

Op dinsdag 27 maart is om 17:41 UTC weer een schoolcontact met ISS te beluisteren.

De school is dit keer een Amerikaanse school uit Freeport, NY. Het contact is een telebridge verbinding die dit keer loopt via het ARISS grondstation van Claudio, IK1SLD, in Italie.  Dat is dan ook meteen de reden waarom de verbinding met als downlink 145,800 MHz in FM hier prima te ontvangen zal zijn.

Hieronder volgt nog een beschrijving van de school en de vragen die door de leerlingen gesteld gaan worden aan de astronaut Scott Tingle, KG5NZA

School Information:
Freeport Public Schools is located in the city of Freeport, about 25 miles east of New York City. The district is composed of 8 schools—one pre-K school, four elementary schools, one intermediate middle school, one middle school, and one high school. The total student enrollment is 7,400 and 90% of the students are Hispanic or African-American. Science is taught in all grades, and at the high school students enroll in Advanced Placement classes in physics (calculus and non-calculus based), chemistry, biology, and environmental science. We also have a research class in each of the grades 7-12 that is open to all students.

Our students have participated in the International Astronomical Search Campaign to confirm or discover asteroids that exist in the asteroid belt. We confirmed the discovery of two asteroids, received two plaques from NASA and then published a paper on our work in a leading physics educational journal. One of our teachers and his students travelled to California Institute of Technology to take part in NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program. One of the students who participated in this research program is now majoring in astrophysics.

Our students have been preparing for our conversation with Scott Tingle from early last summer. This unique opportunity to speak and observe Scott in the International Space Station has generated tremendous enthusiasm for science among our students. Going forward, we plan to design an experiment that can be conducted in the Space Station. At some point in the future we would also like to invite Mr. Tingle to come to our school and give a science seminar.

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

1. Lesley (15): If an astronaut gets a bacterial infection, do antibiotics work in space as they do on Earth?

2. Jayden (13): Could you describe the ‘SUPVIS Justin’ experiment you conducted on March 2 and the next steps in this work
3. Sarah (12): How has your perspective about the Earth changed as a result of your trip to the Space Station?
4. Jonavan (10): What are the duties of a typical astronaut on his/her first day in space?
5. Johan (10): Does the immune system become impaired after a prolonged stay in space?
6. Gabriela (10): What does it look like from space when seasons are changing?
7. Ava (10): How does age effect how the body reacts in space?
8. Giovanni (12): What are the uses of the robotic arm?
9. Brenna (14): You plan to do one or more spacewalks in your trip aboard the ISS. Could you describe the biggest challenge you face in such missions?
10. Adisa (16): How often and how does ISS adjust its trajectory to maintain a constant orbit?
11. Lesley (15): If astronauts leave the Earth at around 17,000 mph why does it take so long to reach the ISS located approximately 250 miles above the Earth?
12. Jayden (13): I know you like fluid mechanics. Could you describe the fluid mechanics experiments you are involved in?
13. Sarah (12): Has the ISS National Laboratory found any possible organisms that can survive the harsh conditions of space for a prolonged period of time?
14. Jonavan (10): What would happen if you got sick in space?
15. Johan (10): You will be doing a number of experiments aboard the ISS. Could you describe one that interests you the most?
16. Gabriela (10): How can we help pets to survive in outer space for longer periods of time?
17. Ava (10): What are the effects of blood rushing to astronauts’ heads in a microgravity environment?
18. Giovanni (12): You were one of the first responders in the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Could you describe your role?
19. Brenna (14): Knowing there is debris in space can you describe briefly how ISS detects objects moving toward the station?
20. Adisa (16): Due to varying laws governing research in various countries, does each country work solely on their own project or are projects codependent?

ARISS contact met Portugal op woensdag 21 febr 2018 om 9:38 UTC

Op woensdag 21 feruari 2018 om 9:38 UTC is er weer een direct contact te beluisteren tussen Scott Tingle ,KG5NZA, in ISS en een school in Fundao, in midden Portugal. zoal altijd is dit rechtstreekse contact te ontvangen op de frequentie 145,800 MHz in FM. Het grondstation wordt rechtstreeks vanuit de school verzorgd door CS5DBB.

Hieronder volgt de beschrijving van de school en de vragen die de leerlingen gaan stellen.




School Information:

The school is located in Fundao, in the mainland Portugal Centre Region.  This town, of approx. 9000 inhabitants, has grown in a fertile valley between the Gardunha and Estrela mountains and is located about 252 km from Lisbon and Oporto, 200 km from Coimbra and a few kilometers from the Spanish border. This is a region especially devoted to agriculture.  There are also a few industries and services and an important university nearby. Olive oil, wine, and cheese are well-known products of this region, together with an increasing and important cherry production that puts Portugal in a pleasant place in the exportation rankings. The highest place in mainland Portugal is located in the neighborhood the Estrela mountain (1997 mts.) which brings an important number of visitors especially during the snow season.

In June 2012, the school has become an aggregation of several schools for students aged 3-18 which has enlarged the institution. There are 1573 students and 176 teachers. The school has a large variety of student profiles as well as families. Pupils start here the kindergarten until they complete the secondary education, which means it offers an educational project during 12 years. Besides the basic 3 cycles of studies, a wide amount of courses in the secondary education are offered. The secondary regular courses vary from Sciences and Technologies, Economics to Visual Arts and Humanities. There is also an offer of vocational courses.

Some students are taking part in the 2018 European CanSat Competition of the European Space Agency (ESA). A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can.  Last year, they also participated in the European Astro Pi Challenge which is a project by the ESA Education Office, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, offering primary and secondary school students the amazing opportunity to run scientific investigations on the International Space Station (ISS) by means of computer coding.

The Rede dos Emissores Portugueses (REP) was founded in 1926. The REP, as national member society, represents Portugal in the IARU since 1931.  The REP headquarters is located in Lisbon, however, there are numbers of HAM radio clubs in different regions of Portugal. The REP Delegacao da Beira Baixa CS5DBB is a delegation of the National Club REP and collaborates with the school in educational and technical preparations for the direct ARISS school contact and other projects.

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

1. Beatriz (16): What kind of food do you eat on the ISS?

2. Marco (16): What was the daily routine that took you the longest to get used to on the ISS?

3. Joao (16): What do you do in case of a fire on the station?

4. Pedro P. (16): How long did you take to get used to living in low gravity conditions?

5. Pedro B. (16): What kind of scientific experiments can you do in space and not on Earth?

6. Rodrigo (16): What is the most lifelike science fiction movie that you have ever seen?

7. Mariana (16): In which direction do plants grow aboard the International Space Station?

8. Joana (16): What did you feel during the launch?

9. Catarina (16): Do you have to wear any special type of clothes on the ISS?

10. Afonso (16): What do you have to do if someone gets the ISS dirty by, for example, puking on it?

11. Andre (15): What are you doing in your free time to have fun?

12. Diogo (15): What was the hardest experience you ever had on the ISS?

13. Alexandra (16): What kind of physical and psychological preparations did you need to be an astronaut?

14. Rute (15): What did you feel when you saw the Earth from the ISS for the first time?

15. Carmo (16): What do you miss the most when you are staying in the ISS?

ARISS Schoolcontact op 31 jan, 16:42 UTC

Op 31 januari om 16:42 UTC is er weer een schoolcontact te beluisteren tussen een Amerikaanse school in Batesville, Arizona, USA en de astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR. Als grondstation fungeert dit keer Claudio, IK1SLD, in Italie. Daarom is een groot deel van de verbinding hier in onze omgeving goed te ontvangen op de gebruikelijke frequentie, 145,800 MHz in FM.

Hieronder volgt het bericht zoals dat door ARISS is verspreid.




ARISS contact planned for school in Batesville, Arizona, USA

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Joe Acaba KE5DAR with Central Magnet Math & Science ES/Batesville School District, Batesville, Arizona.

The event is scheduled on Wednesday 31 January 2018 at approximately 16.42 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD in Northern Italy.
The contact should be audible in parts of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink.

School Information:
Central Magnet Elementary is located in Batesville, Ark. The school?s magnet theme is math and science. We are a grade K through 6 school with about 359 students.  In addition to classroom learning, students explore math and science in the school’s computer lab and STEM lab. Students in our school have recently won competitions in robotics. We also host a science fair. Every fall, our 5th grade class attends a field trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This field trip is very inspiring to our students. In leading up to the school’s ISS contact, classroom lesson plans are including topics about the ISS and space. The students have also been given assignments to watch for the ISS when it passes overhead in the evening. All local TV, radio, and print media will be invited to the ARISS event. Central Magnet is looking forward to speaking to an astronaut aboard the ISS.

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

1. Walker (4th): How do astronauts travel to and from the space station?
2. Gareth (4th): Is your sense of time distorted because you are orbiting the earth every 90 minutes?
3. Yuridia (4th): What is it like to perform an EVA?
4. AshLee (5th): How do you keep in contact with your family?
5. Leslie (5th): How do the stars look from the space station?
6. Elizabeth (5th): What is it like to transition to micro gravity when you arrive at the space station?
8. Alexander (6th): What inspired you to become an astronaut?
9. Aya (6th): What are the experiments you work on aboard the space station?
10. Ty (6th): How does the space station get oxygen?
11. Walker (6th): Do you crave certain foods while you are in space?
12. Gareth (6th): How do you spend your free time on the space station?
13. Yuridia (6th): Do you play any games, sports or exercise while in space?
14. AshLee (5th): What is your perspective of seeing the Earth?s weather from space?
15. Leslie (5th): Are you hopeful astronauts will return to the moon?
16. Elizabeth (5th): How long will you be staying on the ISS?
17. Melody (4th): What happens to the trash you produce on the ISS?
18. Alexander (4th): Is it comfortable sleeping in a weightless environment?
19. Aya (4th): How do astronauts take care of medical problems while in space?
20. Ty (4th): What advice can you give for students wishing to become an astronaut?

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: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide special support.

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.

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: , and .

AMSAT CW activiteitendag 2018 ter nagedachtenis van G3IOR

Op 1 januari 2018 zal van 0001 tot 2400 UTC de Amsat activiteitendag worden gehouden die dit jaar is opgedragen aan Pat Gowen G3IOR, die erg actief was tijdens de Russische satellieten periode en veel ‘over de horizon’ verbindingen maakte.

De regels zijn eenvoudig: die zijn er niet! Maak eenvoudigweg CW verbindingen via een amateursatelliet. ‘Straight keys’ en ‘bugs’ zijn aanbevolen, mar niet noodzakelijk. Als CW liefhebber misschien ook leuk om alleen eens te luisteren en te zien wat er zoal te ontvangen is. Desnoods via de webSDR. Het belangrijkste is je te vermaken.

Iedere lineaire transponder satelliet zoals F)-29, AO-7 en de Chinese XW-2D, E, F zijn bruikbaar. Kijk op de satellietpagina voor meer informatie om de satellieten te kunnen volgen.

Meerdere SSTV uitzendingen vanuit ISS op 5 – 8 december

SSTV uitzendingen in december 2017

MAI-75 SSTV Uitzending in december 2017

De MAI-75 groep heeft weer een SSTV aktiviteit op poten gezet gedurende specifieke tijden in de periode van 6 tot 8 december. De tijden lijken overeen te komen met passages van ISS over Moskou en zijn doordoor ook in onze omgeving waarschijnlijk redelijk te ontvangen

Het tijdschema van de uitzendingen ziet er als volgt uit:

6 dec 2017
Power on – 13:40-14:20 UTC
Power off – 17:05-17:15 UTC

7 dec 2017
Power on – 13:45-13:55 UTC
Power off – 17:30-17:40 UTC

8 dec 2017
Power on – 14:05-14:15 UTC
Power off – 17:00-17:10 UTC

**Extra Laatste update**

Vanaf 5 december om 15:00 UTC wordt het sstv systeem aan een aantal tests onderworpen die kunnen duren tot 6 december 09:00 UTC. Gedurende deze periode worden test afbeeldingen gebruikt. Als alles doorgaat betekent dit dat er ook een periode is waarin de gehele wereld beelden kan verwachten. Het MAI-75 schema verandert hierdoor niet.


73, Bertus, PE1KEH

ISS schoolcontact via IK1SLD in Italie op donderdag 30 nov om 17:02

Op 30 november om 17:02, UTC, is er weer een schoolcontact met ISS gepland.

De school is dit keer een combinatie van de Bishop Hendricken High School en de St. Mary  Academy in Bay View, Warwick, RI. De verbinding is een telebridge verbinding via het ARISS grondstation van Claudio, IK1SLD in Italie. Daarom is de verbinding hier in Europa goed te ontvangen op de gebruikelijke downlink frequentie van 145,800 MHz. De verbinding wordt in het engels gehouden.

Rechtstreeks meekijken kan via internet op   of

Zie hieronder voor de beschrijving van de school en de vragen die gesteld gaan worden.

73, Bertus, PE1KEH


16 Students from Bishop Hendricken and its sister school, St. Mary Academy – Bay View, have been chosen to participate in the “Rhode Island Space Chat #2” after submitting questions based on the study of the ISS mission.  Hendricken will be the first high school in Rhode Island to host the ARISS event scheduled to take place in the school’s Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater in front of a crowd of 350 science and technology students as well as school administrators and local dignitaries.


Founded in 1874, St. Mary Academy – Bay View, located in Riverside, Rhode Island, is an independent Catholic school serving a diverse population with more than 600 girls and young women enrolled in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  There are opportunities for students to apply knowledge from their science, technology, engineering, art, and math coursework during internships at local companies.  Bay View students and alumnae frequently distinguish themselves through accomplishments in STEAM fields. In 2017, the Academy’s Robotics Team won the Rhode Island championship in the FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics competition and went on to receive a 3rd place at the World Championship.

Bishop Hendricken High School, named for the Most Rev. Thomas F. Hendricken, first Bishop of Providence, opened its doors to 350 students in 1959. This premiere, all-boys Catholic college preparatory high school is located on 34 acres of land inWarwick, Rhode Island. With current enrollment at 940, the school offers five academic levels including a special 8th grade Honors Institute and an Options Program for students with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.

Bishop Hendricken has a rich tradition of attracting gifted scholars, artists and athletes. The school boasts over 500 National Merit and Commended Scholars and is the current home of the reigning U.S. National Academic Decathlon Champions and Rhode Island State Champions from 2011-2017.

Students pride themselves on providing over 42,000 hours of community service annually as they live out Hendricken’s mission to bring each member of their community into a closer relationship with God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – through the development of the total person – heart, mind, body and soul.


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

1. How has your experience in space affected your personal faith or beliefs?
2. How does zero gravity impact the sound of a stringed instrument like a guitar?
3. Does cell growth become stunted, accelerated, or simply remain constant in
4. How is vaccine drug discovery improved in your microgravity environment versus a pharmaceutical research lab on Earth?
5. What results from space station research have yielded the greatest impact on Earth?
6. How does long exposure to microgravity impact an astronaut’s eyesight and eye health?
7. Do adrenaline rushes in microgravity cause you to mentally process things
8. Since your body is better supported in zero gravity, do you expend less energy and therefore eat less?
9. How do you combat loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) while in orbit?
10. If space tourism begins to take space travel out of the hands of government, are there major concerns to opening it up to the private sector?
11. With the human race on the cusp of interplanetary travel, what new fields of study and skill sets will astronauts need?
12. How do planets and stars look differently from your vantage point?
13. How much is the human aging process impacted after a nine month trip to Mars?
14. With global challenges like poverty and disasters, why is it important to spend money on space travel?
15. What earthbound activities do you miss the most while in orbit?
16. When you aren’t in space, what are your outside interests and hobbies?

ARISS Schoolcontact op vrijdag 3 november om 9:27 UTC

Op vrijdag 3 november om 9:27 UTC  is er weer een schoolcontact te beluisteren en hoogst waarschijnlijk is dit contact ook via de BATC TV server te volgen. Het contact tussen Paolo Nespoli (IZØJPA ) in ISS en 2 scholen in Italie wordt zoals te verwachten is in het Italiaans gevoerd. Het grondstation in Italie wordt bediend door IQ5LI. Dit contact is in grote delen van Europa te volgen op de frequentie 145,800 MHz in smalband FM. De HAMTV zender wordt bij deze verbinding ook weer ingeschakeld zodat de verbinding live te volgen is via de BATC server. (

Hieronder volgt de beschrijving van de scholen en de vragen die de kinderen gaan stellen.




School Information:

The liceo scientifico “Francesco Cecioni” in Livorno is a high school with about 1200 students. The school was born in 1972 as a subsidiary but in 1974 already got its own identity for the experimental and innovative methods introduced as response to the demanding instruction innovation. Since 2010 the school has four specializations: scientific, linguistic, artistic and humanistic; the half of the students follow the scientific specialization. From the ’80s, Liceo Cecioni sent its representatives to the final rounds of the national competition in math and physics. At present, astrophysics is the topic of the “Astrolab” program, reserved for the best students of the school and organized in collaboration with a network that includes: TNG at Las Palmas (Canary), Pisa and Pavia University, Arcetri Observatory (Florence) and S.Marcello Pistoiese Observatory (Pistoia). The deep involvement in the “Zero Robotics” competition has increased the interest of the students in the space research.


Liceo Artistico “Melotti” in Lomazzo (Como) is arts high school addresses the study of aesthetic phenomena and artistic practice. It promotes the acquisition of specific methods of research and artistic production and the competence of related languages and techniques. It provides students with the tools necessary to know the artistic heritage in its historical and cultural context and to fully appreciate its presence and value in today’s society. It helps students to deepen and develop their knowledge and competences and to mature the skills necessary to give expression to their creativity and design skills in the field of arts. (Age 14-18)

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

1. Come ‘è la percezione del tempo lassù?
2. Dopo tutto ciò che hai visto c’è ancora qualcosa che può impressionarti?
3. Cosa ti piace di più della vita nello spazio a gravità zero?
4. Hai mai avuto paura mentre ti trovavi nello Spazio?
5. Come gestisci o sfoghi le tue emozioni e tensioni sulla ISS?
6. Quanti anni hai studiato per diventare ciò che sei ora?
7. Ti sarebbe utile un sistema di realtà virtuale che simuli la vita sulla terra?
8. Qual è di preciso il tuo ruolo nella stazione orbitale?
9. Qual è il problema più difficile che hai incontrato durante la tua missione?
10. Quante volte sei stato nello Spazio?
11. Qual è il problema di convivenza più grosso a bordo della ISS?
12. Cosa provi quando ti rendi conto di essere lontano dalla Terra?
13. Cosa provi quando guardi fuori nello spazio?
14. Ti è mai capitato di vedere qualcosa di strano fuori nello Spazio?
15. Quando eri piccolo ti sarebbe piaciuto diventare astronauta?
16. Che significato ha per te essere un astronauta?
17. Come cambia il tuo umore quando sei nello spazio rispetto a quando sei a terra?
18. Puoi affermare di avere realizzato il tuo sogno e che è tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto?
19. Qual è la cosa che più ti spaventa riguardo alla tua missione?
20. Credi che un giorno la tecnologia potrà darci la possibilità di popolare un altro pianeta?
21. E’ fastidiosa la sensazione di “pesantezza” che hai al lancio?
22. Ti relazioni ogni giorno con la bellezza, la maestosità e la stranezza dello spazio; la tua concezione di questi termini è cambiata rispetto a quando eri sulla terra?
23. Hai la possibilità di personalizzare un tuo spazio sulla stazione spaziale?
24. Cos’e la prima cosa che pensi guardando la terra da lì?
25. Quale uso immagini per le sfere di Zero-Robotics?
26. Sei stato chiamato dall’ ESA oppure hai mandato un curriculum?
27. La prima volta che sei stato nello spazio è stata la più memorabile?
28. Quanto è durata la preparazione a questo viaggio?
29. Quale cambiamento nel tuo fisico noti quando vivi a lungo nello spazio?
30. C’è mai stata qualche emergenza e se sì, come agite?
31. Qual è stata la “scintilla” che ha acceso la tua passione per lo spazio?
32. Che scopo hanno le tue missioni?
33. E’ mai accaduto a qualcuno di prendersi un raffreddore o un’altra malattia a bordo della ISS?
34. Si riesce a vedere l’inquinamento prodotto dalla terra nello spazio?
35. Cosa accade quando uno starnutisce a bordo della ISS?
36. Le manca la sua famiglia?
37. Come gestireste una situazione di emergenza medica a bordo?
38. Prima di partire occorre una preparazione fisica e di che tipo?
39. Quali sono gli odori dominanti a bordo della stazione spaziale?
40. Che cosa ti affascina di più nello spazio

ISS Schoolcontact op 28 oktober om 10:13 lokale tijd

Op 28 oktober om 10:13 (lokale tijd) volgt er weer een schoolcontact met ISS. Het wordt een direct contact tussen 2 scholen en Paolo Nespoli. Het contact wordt gehouden in de Italiaanse taal en zal in een groot deel van Europa te ontvangen zijn. De grondstations in de scholen zijn IQ5LU en IQ1SM. Tevens is het HAMTV station in ISS actief. De beelden hiervan zijn via de BATC te volgen

De 2 Italiaanse scholen zijn: Istituto  Tecnico Tecnologico “Enzo Ferrari” in Borgo A Mozzano en Liceo Statale “G.  D. Cassini” in Sanremo.

Hieronder volgen de beschrijvingen van de scholen en de vragen die door de kinderen gesteld gaan worden.

Bertus, PE1KEH


“Enzo Ferrari” Institute is located in Borgo a Mozzano, Lucca and is one by four schools of “Barga” Institute in Lucca,Tuscany.

“Enzo Ferrari” Institute is a secondary technical chemical school where teaching is focused on scientific subjects: math, physics, chemistry, biology and natural sciences.

The ARISS Chemistry space project will be an essential part of the School Curriculum – POF- (Annual educational plan) of the next school years and will involve students of the first and second classes, for the two year period 2016 – 2018 (10 classes, 200 students, 14-19).


The High School G.D. Cassini of Sanremo is part of the higher education school system of the Italian Republic and is located in Sanremo. The Institute is named the scientist “Gian Domenico Cassini”, as well as the Cassini-Huygens Mission. Our School is considered to be one of the most ancient Italian higher education schools, its foundation being established in 1859 during the Savoy monarchy. Three study specializations are available: classical, scientific and linguistic. At the end of this type of school, lasting five years, students who pass the State Exam can access any university departments. (1100 students, 14-19).


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

(Translation into English)

1. How long did it take you to get used to the absence of gravity?
2. What is your latest scientific discovery?
3. What kind of eating habits do you have to follow in space?
4. Are there any daily dangerous situations on the ISS?
5. Is there anything about your astronaut training that turned out to be useful in your everyday life?
6. Have you ever risked your own life due to technical malfunctions on the
7. Which part of your educational path has turned out to be the most useful
8. What do you feel during a rocket launch?
9. How has the ISS changed since your first mission?
10. What do you usually do during the 6-hour ride before arriving on the ISS?
11. What are the biggest physical problems you have when coming back to Earth?
12. Is the adaptation to the space station environment different from the one simulated on Earth?
13. Which experiment do you think is the most important and why?
14. Are the malfunctions on the space station frequent?
15. What do you expect from the study of Quarks by using the MINI-EUSO?
16. Is there a doctor on the crew?
17. Why should you study the plankton bioluminescence from the ISS?
18. How do you produce the oxygen necessary for the all the crewmembers?
19. In the future will it be possible to remotely control robotic astronauts by RV (reality vision) with the development of the ARAMIS project?
20. What do you usually do in your spare time?
21. Where did your dream of becoming an astronaut come from?
22. Does your body suffer from any negative effects due to the high speed?
23. What kind of scholastic career did you choose to become who you are now?
24. What are the negative effects caused by weightlessness?
25. Which kind of diseases are more likely to be contracted on the ISS?
26. Have you got any Wi-Fi connection on the space station?
27. How is your typical day on the ISS planned?
28. What degree do you need to become an astronaut?
29. Have you ever felt as if you were in danger during any of the missions?
30. What would happen if you lost the radio waves with the Earth?
31. Which one of all the experiments you’ve worked on was/is the most interesting?
32. How many years does the space station have left?
33. How do you live your situation with family and friend when you are on a mission?
34. How long can EVAs (extravehicular activities) last for?
35. Did you have to prepare yourself for the ARTE experiment?
36. Are the plants still in bloom on the ISS?
37. Why do you have to conduct these experiments in space? Wouldn’t it be easier to study these topics from Earth, recreating microgravity conditions?
38. Have you ever been ill in outer space? What was it like?
39. What is your personal training program as related to the Orthostatic Tolerance project?
40. Have you ever quarreled on the space station?

2 Schoolcontacten met ISS op donderdag 26 oktober

ARISS heeft voor komende donderdag, 26 oktober, maar liefst 2 schoolcontacten met ISS gepland.
Het eerste contact is gepland voor 8:23 UTC met de school Beaconsfield State School, Mackay, Queensland, Australië. Het wordt een telebridge verbinding. Claudio, IK1SLD verzorgt dit keer het grondstation in Italië.
De uizending vanuit ISS is in grote delen van Europa rechtstreeks te beluisteren op 145,800 MHz.
Hoogst waarschijnlijk is deze schoolstation verbinding ook als video stream te volgen via de webstream van de BATC.
Het tweede contact op donderdag is gepland voor 9:55 UTC.
Dit keer een gecombineerd schoolcontact met 2 scholen, één in Ierland en één in Roemenië.
De scholen zijn: Glanmire Community College, in Cork, Ierland en Colegiul National Calistrat Hogas, in Piatra Neamt, Roemenië. Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, is bij deze dubbele verbinding de astronaut in ISS die de vragen gaat beantwoorden.
De school in Ierland verzorgt dit keer de rechtstreekse verbinding en heeft voor die gelegenheid de call EI1ISS. De school in Roemenie maakt een telefoonverbinding met de school in Ierland.
Op de frequentie 145,800 MHz is deze gecombineerde verbinding, in smalband FM, in een deel van Europa rechtstreeks te volgen.
Zie hieronder voor de beschrijving van beide scholen en de vragen die gesteld gaan worden.

School Information for Beaconsfield State School, Mackay, Queensland, Australia:

Beaconsfield State School is an Education Queensland Primary School that caters for approximately 315 children from Prep to Year six. The school is in the northern suburbs of Mackay. The school’s mission is to develop students who are safe, respectful and responsible life-long learners, through the implementation of School Wide Positive Behaviour Support. Our ongoing focus for improvement in Literacy has delivered a whole school approach to reading – Reading on the Same Page, with a focus on SCORE as a strategy for reading comprehension, which is part of every teacher’s classroom practice when teaching Reading. Our staff use Explicit Instruction as our signature pedagogy for teaching and learning. Our students are involved in many sporting opportunities representing Beaconsfield, Cumberland, Mackay, Central Queensland and Queensland in individual and team sports. Our performing arts program provides an excellent music education with a strong tradition of success. The school provides instrumental music tuition in strings, brass, percussion and woodwind, with students becoming involved in regional band competitions and instrumental music camps.Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. Lucas: Can you see what the weather conditions are like on Earth from space?
2. Sian: Is it comfortable sleeping in space?
3. Zara: What was your dream when you were little?
4. Taya: Is it sometimes lonely in space?
5. Chase: Has there ever been a medical emergency in space?
6. Albert: How long do you stay in the space station for?
7. Kahdeesjah: What is the hardest thing you have had to do in space?
8. Aiden: What does Australia look like from space?
9. Sam: What are your favourite things to do in space?
10. Sophia: Why did you become an astronaut?
11. Penny: What do you miss most about Earth?
12. Lucy: Is space beautiful?
13. Stevie: What do you eat in space?

 School Information:

Glanmire Community College is located in Ireland, beside the city of Cork. The student body, all of whom are now space fanatics, consists of over 1,000 boys and girls aged between 13 and 18. From building models to choral arrangements, students have enthusiastically prepared for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
All students have studied about the ISS and were given an oppertunity to submit questions to be selected.

Colegiul National “CALISTRAT HOGAS” Piatra-Neamt provides quality services for the educational community by ensuring every student has their individual course of development. An important mission of the high school is to respect human diversity and also to ensure the full safety of the students.
The vision  of this school is based on its current status of “university education nursery” and aims to achieve superior performance not only for those who are certified in training, but also to affirm the  potential and social fulfillment  of our young Romanian generation which is known and acknowledged here in their own country and also abroad.

There are 770 students attending this school, of whom 200 students are enrolled in middle school classes and 570 students in high school classes.

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

Odd numbered questions are from Glanmire, Ireland
Even numbered questions are from Calistrat Hogas, Romania.

1. Daisy (14): What experiments would Leonardo Da Vinci carry out if he was in your place?
2. Raluca (17): What are some of the most interesting experiments that you have been a part of, in space?
3. Ruairi (17): Could you simulate gravity with a centrifuge on the ISS?
4. Vlad (16): What is your favorite aspect of being in space?
5. Maddie (13): Does your hair & cells grow faster or slower on the ISS?
6. Theodor (16): Is there a limit to the amount of water you can use & how do you get more?
7. Glenn (17): Are microorganisms affected by microgravity, and how does this affect digestion?
8. Andreea (17): Is there a safe time limit in which an astronaut can be in space?
9. Sean (15): Can you give one example of how augmented reality could save time on the ISS?
10. Andi (16): Is time passing slower for you than it is for us?
11. Ciara (13): I read your sense of taste changes on board ISS. Does that mean you could eat the hottest pepper on earth?
12. Alexandru (16): What changes does the human body go through while in space and after going back to Earth?
13. Ruth (16): Will it be possible to carry out deep space exploration without the use of artificial intelligence?
14. Tudor (17): What is the most difficult activity that you encounter every day?
15. Olivia (14): Does the ISS send information in real-time to help to track storms?
16. Andreea (17): What do you usually do in your spare time?
17. Adam (16): Could the robotic arm be used to protect you against space debris?
18. Raluca (17): Does NASA plan any more updates to the station?
19 .Cormac (13): Is it hard to sleep in space as you float?
20. Theodor (16): If the colonization of Mars is reliable, when are we going to start moving there?

2 ARISS schoolkontakten op woensdag 11 oktober

2 ARISS schoolkontakten op woensdag 11 oktober

Op woensdag 11 oktober zijn er na elkaar 2 ARISS schoolcontacten te volgen. En wel om 11:48 UTC en om 15:24 UTC.

Als eerste komt om 11:48 UTC de Elementary School “21st of May”, in Podgorica, Montenegro. Dit is een direct contact tussen ISS en 4OØISS in de school. Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, is de astronaut die de vragen gaat beantwoorden.

De tweede rechtstreekse verbinding vindt ver buiten ons bereik plaats met een school in Maleisie en is via internet rechtstreeks te volgen. De link is: . De link wordt om ongeveer 15:00 UTC geactiveerd. De astronaut in ISS is dit keer Mark Vande Hei ,KG5GNP


Hieronder volgt voor beide scholen een beschrijving van de school en de vragen die door de leerlingen worden gesteld.






School Information for

Elementary School “21st of May”, in Podgorica, Montenegro:

Primary School ’21 May’ Podgorica was opened on 21st may 2010, the marking date of the independence in Montenegro. In the first year of its operation, the school enrolled 540 students to attend classes given for the first nine years of their formal education. But the number of enrolled students is constantly increasing on daily basis, and thus enumerating 920 students today. Although opened seven years ago, this is still the youngest educational institution in Podgorica with classrooms and other facilities equipped with most modern teaching aids.

The school promotes many extracurricullar activities and after school clubs: choir, chess club, learning foreign languages, acting, literary circle. The school sports club is characterized by having departments in football, basketball and volleyball. Teaching process is attended on regular daily basis by 20 pupils with special educational needs, and 25 pupils, members of the Roma population, side by side with the rest of the students who gain their primary education in this institution.

Students First Names & Questions:

  1. Atena (12): What happens if a space rock hits that little space ship in a certain place, and breaks something inside there, what do the astronauts do?
  2. Vukan (12): Do you have some funny moments in non-gravity space?
  3. Berna (12): Do you listen to music in the space?
  4. Andrija (12): What did you feel like the first time you went to space?
  5. Jelena (12): How do you take a shower?
  6. Nemanja (13): What are you going to do when you see an asteroid that is going straight to hit the Earth?
  7. Ajsa (12): Can you really see the Great Wall of China or any other man-made buildings from the space?
  8. Bogdan (12): Are you afraid that something could go wrong with the spaceship or your space suits at any moment?
  9. Milica (12): Is it hard to stay up there without your loved ones, family and friends?
  10. Pavle (12): What happens when you go out of the space station and gravity of the planet pulls you away?
  11. Iva (13): Do you lose weight while orbiting Earth in your spaceship on your missions?
  12. Dorde (12): Do you get along with your partners at the station and on the ship?
  13. Jelena (12): Do you know what happens in the black hole?
  14. Amer (12): Is it possible to cry in space?
  15. Mia (13): Have you ever seen anything weird in space?
  16. Risto (13): Is your suit very heavy to wear?
  17. Sofija (12): Time is different in space, so do the astronauts age differently?
  18. Nemanja (13): How do you sleep in space?
  19. Stasa (13): Would you ever live in space?
  20. Miona (13): Were you afraid during launch?


School Information for

The Alice Smith School Primary Campus, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

The Alice Smith School, established since 1946 in Malaysia is one of the oldest British international schools in Asia. The school is a not-for-profit educational foundation situated on two campuses. The Primary Campus is at Jalan Bellamy and the Secondary Campus on Jalan Equine. The Alice Smith School follows the English National Curriculum with a strong international flavour. In 2011, the school was one of the first in Asia to be fully accredited as a British School Overseas by the Department for Education in London. ‘Excellent’ was the grade given in the most recent British Schools Overseas report for both the Primary and Secondary School Campuses by Tribal, a DfE approved inspectorate.

Students Questions: Students will be from primary school and are 5 to 10 years old.

  1. Were you afraid when you first launched into space?
  2. What is the most interesting object that you have seen from the ISS?
  3. Is space a good place to live?
  4. When you wear your full spacesuit, what happens if you get an itch?
  5. How often do you contact your family?
  6. What kind of emergency escape system does the ISS have in case of an emergency?
  7. What kind of noises do you hear in the ISS daily?
  8. Do plants grow differently in the ISS as compared to on earth?
  9. Is space radiation harmful to ISS occupants?
  10. Can you feel the coldness of space through your spacesuit during spacewalks?
  11. How do stars look like from the ISS as compared to from earth?
  12. What is the temperature of the interior surface of the windows in the ISS?
  13. Is there a doctor on board in case a crew member falls ill?
  14. Do you think space tourism will become a future reality?
  15. Do you observe national holidays and weekends in space?