[sarex] Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2013-09-21 17:30 UTC

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Sat Sep 21 11:09:58 PDT 2013

Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2013-09-21  17:30 UTC

Quick list of scheduled contacts and  events:

Sarnelli De Donato Middle School, Polignano a Mare, Bari,  Italy, 
telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact was successful: Sat 2013-09-21 10:03:05  UTC 89 deg (***)
Watch for live video stream:  

Scuola  Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto”, Cesano Maderno, Italy, 
telebridge via  VK5ZAI
Contact is a go: Tue 2013-09-24 10:18:13 UTC 80 deg
Watch for  possible last minute cancellation.

Collège de la Combraille, La  Mouniaude À Chatelguyon, France, telebridge 
via VK5ZAI
Contact is a go for:  Sat 2013-09-28 08:39:06 UTC 70 deg

ARISS is requesting listener  reports for the above contacts.  Due to 
issues with the Kenwood radio that  are not fully understood at present, the 
Ericsson radio is going to be used for  these contacts.  ARISS thanks everyone 
in advance for their  assistance.

Looking  for something new to do?  How about receiving DATV from the ISS?   
If interested, then please review the document provided by Gaston  Bertels
ON4WF, the ARISS-Europe  Chairman.                                          



The  webpages listed below were all reviewed for accuracy.  Out of date 
webpages  were removed and new ones have been added.  If there are additional 
ARISS  websites I need to know about, please let me know.

Note, all times  are approximate.  It is recommended that you do your own 
orbital prediction  or start listening about 10 minutes before the listed 
All dates and  times listed follow International Standard ISO 8061 date and 
time format  YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS

Total number of ARISS ISS to earth school  events is 854. (***)
Each school counts as 1 event. 

Year Direct  %      Telebridge  %           Direct/    % Direct/  Total
Direct             Telebridge Telebridge Telebridge
2000   1     100.00   0           0.00        0           0.00      1
2001   25    59.52    17          40.48       0           0.00      42
2002   25    60.98    16          39.02       0           0.00      41
2003   29    74.36    10          25.64       0           0.00      39
2004   25    71.43    10          28.57       0           0.00      35
2005   37    67.27    18          32.73       0           0.00      55
2006   31    65.96    16          34.04       0           0.00      47
2007   51    68.00    24          32.00       0           0.00      75
2008   33    53.23    29          46.77       0           0.00      62
2009   57    47.11    62          51.24       2           1.65      121
2010   31    64.58    16          33.33       1           2.08      48
2011   86    69.35    38          30.65       0           0.00      124
2012   51    54.84    42          45.16       0           0.00      93
2013   35    49.30    33          46.48       3           4.23      71

Grand 516    60.54   331          38.76       6           0.70      854

Total  number of ARISS ISS to earth school contacts is 836. (***)
Each contact may  have multiple schools sharing the same time slot.

Year Direct  %      Telebridge  %           Direct/    % Direct/  Total
Direct             Telebridge Telebridge Telebridge
2000   1     100.00   0           0.00        0           0.00      1
2001   25    59.52    17          40.48       0           0.00      42
2002   24    60.00    16          40.00       0           0.00      40
2003   29    74.36    10          25.64       0           0.00      39
2004   25    71.43    10          28.57       0           0.00      35
2005   36    66.67    18          33.33       0           0.00      54
2006   31    65.96    16          34.04       0           0.00      47
2007   51    68.00    24          32.00       0           0.00      75
2008   33    60.00    22          40.00       0           0.00      55
2009   57    47.11    62          51.24       2           1.65      121
2010   31    64.58    16          33.33       1           2.08      48
2011   78    67.24    38          32.76       0           0.00      116
2012   51    54.84    42          45.16       0           0.00      93
2013   35    50.00    33          47.14       2           2.86      70

Grand 507    60.65    324         38.76       5           0.60      836

Total  number of ARISS supported terrestrial contacts is 46.

Please feel  free to contact me if more detailed statistics are  needed.

US  Hams, don’t forget that there is a new process for US school proposals. 
  For US schools to have an ARISS contact, they must fill out a proposal, 
submit  it to NASA, and see if they are approved or not.  Once a school is 
approved  and put on the list, an ARISS mentor will be assigned to assist the  

NASA will have two open windows a year for  schools to submit a proposal.  
The window for contacts during the second  half of 2012 has already closed.  
Look for the window for first half 2013  contacts later this year.  You 
must go through NASA to get the proposal  material.  Contact Teaching From 
Space, a NASA Education office, at  JSC-TFS-ARISS at mail.nasa.gov or by calling 
them at (281)  244-2320.

The following US states and entities have never had an  ARISS contact: 
Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, North Dakota,  Rhode Island, 
South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, American Samoa,  Guam, 
Northern Marianas Islands, and the Virgin  Islands.


QSL  information may be found at:  



The  ARISS (a joint effort of AMSAT, the ARRL, NASA, the ARISS internationa
partners including Canada, Russia, the European Partners, and Japan)  
team wishes to announce the following very tentative schedule for  ARISS 
contacts.  This schedule is very fluid and may change at  the last minute.  
Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is  considered secondary.  
check the various AMSAT and ARISS  webpages for the latest announcements.  
Changes from the last  announcement are noted with (***).  Also, please 
MSNBC.com for  possible live retransmissions 
(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp).   Listen for the ISS on the 
downlink of 
145.8Ø MHz.

The crossband  repeater has been active at times.
The frequencies are uplink of 437.8Ø MHz  and downlink of 145.8Ø MHz.

For information about educational  materials available from ISS partner 
Agencies, please refer to links  on the ARISS Frequently Asked Questions 

If you are interested  in supporting an ARISS contact, then you must fill
in an application.   The ARISS operations mentor team will not accept a
direct request to support  an ARISS contact; the application must first be 
to the ARISS region  coordinator.

You should also note that many schools think that they  can request a
specific date and time. Once an application has been accepted  the ARISS 
mentors will work with the school to determine a mutually agreeable  date.

There are several ARISS web  sites:

English:  http://www.rac.ca/ariss/   

French:  http://c.avmdti.free.fr/ariss/index.htm   

ARISS Europe:  http://www.ariss-eu.org/   

ARISS Japan:  http://www.jarl.or.jp/ariss/   

Your completely filled out application should be returned to  the
nearest coordinating ARISS region if your specific region is  not
listed.  E-mail is the preferred method of submitting an  application.

Here are the email addresses:
ARISS-Canada and all  other countries not covered: fs882 at ncf.ca 
(Maurice-André Vigneault  VA2MA/VE3VIG)
ARISS-Europe: school.selection.manager at amsat.it (Francesco De  Paolis, 
ARISS-Japan and all Region 3 countries:   iaru-r3 at jarl.or.jp (Keigo Komuro 
ARISS-Russia:  n2ww at attbi.com  (Valerie Agabekov N2WW/UA6HZ)
ARISS-USA:  contact  NASA at  JSC-TFS-ARISS at mail.nasa.gov

QSL  information may be found at:   

Other  web sites that may be of interest include:

ARRL related  websites:


AMSAT  related websites:

Latest ARISS  announcements and news  

Successful school  list


NASA  related websites:

Main page: http://www.nasa.gov/

For  Educators:   http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

For Students:  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
tml  (instructions for US schools wanting to apply for a contact may be 
found  here)

For Media:  http://www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/index.html

Teaching From  Space (TIF):  


The  ISS Fan Club website  is:


ON6SAT  has a website  at:

IRLP  website at:  
This new site  will have the links for simulcast contacts that have IRLP 
and Echolink.   

Additional information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of  events 
for where to find the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.  

Check  out the Zoho reports of the ARISS contacts

ARISS School  Contacts

Successful  ARISS  contacts

ARISS  Contacts per  country

ARISS  direct/telebridge Contacts per  Country

ARISS  Contacts per direct &  telebridge

ARISS  Contacts per ISS Station  Callsign

ARISS  Contacts per ISS Expeditions &  Missions

ARISS  Contacts per ISS  operators

ARISS  Contacts per  Mentors

ARISS  Contacts per Ground Station  direct/telebridge

A  listing of ARISS related magazine articles:  
Currently the list includes articles from CQ, CQ VHF, QST, and The AMSAT  
Journal.  Please contact me directly if you have additional suggestions.  

Exp. 36/37 on orbit
Fyodor Yurchikhin RN3FI
Karen L.  Nyberg
Luca Parmitano KF5KDP

To let you in on how tough it is to  schedule contacts, here are some of 
constraints the ARISS mentors must  work under: 
Each Increment is 26 weeks in length. 

For any  given expedition, we typically may not schedule:
1. Anything the first 3  weeks.
2. During EVA weeks 
3. at least 2 weeks prior to the Increment  change. 
4. no contacts during meal and exercise periods.
5. no contacts  during post-sleep and pre sleep (before Ø8:ØØ UTC and after 
19:3Ø UTC)
6.  contacts on the day of Progress docking or undocking are  circumspect.

Mike Fincke KE5AIT and Gennady Padalka RN3DT  produced a video during their 
stay on Expedition 9. You can get the QuickTime  version (209MB) or the 
Windows Media version (152MB). These files are huge, so  only a broadband 
connection is recommended.    Thanks Mike and  Gennady!   

Windows  Media:

Doug  Wheelock KF5BOC produced a YouTube  video:

A  discussion on Doppler correction and the ISS frequencies may be found  at


This  file was updated 2005-07-29 04:00  UTC

1.        Go to designated  homepage URL.
2.        Click on  Audioconferencing.
3.        Click on  Audio Streaming.
4.        Click on  Join.
5.        Enter conference meeting  number.
6.        Enter passcode (case  sensitive) and there are 11 letters max.   
7.        Enter  name.
8.        Enter email  address.
9.        Enter company, use  ARISS or AMSAT if you want.
10.    Enter title  (optional).
11.    Agree to agreement  policy.
12.    Click proceed.
13.    Wait  for contact to start.  If you are there too early, then you 
will probably  hear music.  Contact streaming should start approximately 6 
minutes before  AOS.

IRLP website at: 
If using IRLP is  more convenient for you than using EchoLink, please  
connect to the  IRLP reflector 9Ø1Ø.  

The Discovery 9Ø1Ø Reflector also has  streaming audio available.  Once on
the main page, select “audio  library” on the left sidebar.  The prompt
to join the audio stream is  posted at the top of this page.

More directly, you can go to  

The audio  stream will be delayed. 

Additional information on the IRLP  Discovery Reflector requirements:
The use of the Discovery Reflector requires  that your audio player have 
ability to play a pls file.  Confirm that  your player has that file.  You 
should also confirm that port 8Ø8Ø is open  to allow the audio stream.

Here is how to check  Realplayer:
1.  Open up Realplayer
2.   Tools>Preferences>Content Media Types> click on Select located under  
the Manual button.  
You should see .pls as one of the accepted  files

Here is how to check Winamp:
1.  Open up  Winamp
2.  Options>preference>General preference>file  types
You should see pls as one of the accepted files

Additional  information may be found on the amsat.org calendar of events 
for where to find  the audio on EchoLink, IRLP and Shoutcast.

You can connect to the  AMSAT Conference Room server at node 1Ø1377.
Audio is also available at times  on the JK1ZRW server at node 2772Ø8. 
Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to  keep the load light on the *AMSAT* 
server.  This will ensure good audio  quality for all listeners.

For latest information on ISS - school  contact audio feeds into EchoLink, 
please check the AMSAT calendar of events  at:


Simulation  contacts are terrestrial contacts that provide training for the 
astronauts on  the use of the ARISS equipment before going on orbit.   

Sarnelli De Donato Middle School, Polignano a Mare,  Bari, Italy, 
telebridge via W6SRJ
Contact was successful: Sat 2013-09-21  10:03:05 UTC 89 deg (***)
Watch for live video stream:  
Congratulations to the  Sarnelli De Donato Middle School students and Luca! 

Proposed  questions generated by the Sarnelli De Donato Middle School  

1. Che sensazione provi stando lì nel vuoto pensando che  tutto intorno è 
2. Come appaiono dalla stazione spaziale i corpi  celesti: sole, pianeti, 
luna, stelle?
3. Gli astronauti sulla Stazione  Spaziale come fanno a capire se è notte o 
dì sulla Terra?
4. Una goccia  d’acqua che si perde nell’aria è pericolosa per le 
attrezzature elettroniche a  bordo?
5. Quali sono gli immediati benefici per l’umanità derivanti dagli  esiti 
degli esperimenti delle vostre missioni spaziali?
6. Il Fattore di  rischio a bordo della Stazione Spaziale può cambiare in 
virtù delle attività che  voi svolgete?
7. In maniera semplice come può essere spiegata la forza che  tiene in 
orbita la ISS?
8. L’infinità dello spazio che ti avvolge ti avvicina  all’immagine di un “
Dio Creatore”?
9. La figura straordinaria  dell’astrofisica Margherita Hack ha influito 
sul tuo percorso di formazione di  astronauta?
10. Come vivete il pericolo che un meteorite possa scontrarsi con  la 
Stazione Spaziale?
11. Ipotizzando un futuro lontano dell’uomo nello  spazio, l’assenza di 
gravità come  farà evolvere la fisionomia  dell’uomo?
12. Quali fattori determinano il tempo di permanenza di 6 mesi  sulla 
Stazione Spaziale?
13. Nell’ipotesi che la traiettoria di un meteorite  incroci l’orbita 
terrestre, quale contributo può  dare la Stazione Spaziale  per la sicurezza 
sulla Terra?
14. Dallo spazio riuscite ad osservare i  fenomeni atmosferici e a 
prevedere quelli catastrofici come tornado o  tsunami?
15. Se l’uomo in un futuro lontano “abiterà” lo spazio come cambierà  la 
sua percezione delle distanze spaziali e temporali ?
16. Questa missione  in che modo è per te esempio di espressione di 
fratellanza e cooperazione tra  uomini di diverse nazioni ?
17. E’ possibile per voi un contatto diretto con  i familiari tramite 
18. Quanto vi esercitate a Star City prima di  partire?
19. A quali eventi astronomici particolari hai assistito durante la  tua 
permanenza sulla Stazione Spaziale?
20. Sarà  possibile in futuro  per una persona che non sia astronauta fare 
un viaggio per visitare e permanere  sulla ISS?

1. What sensation do you standing there in the void  thinking that 
everything around is infinite?
2. How do they appear from the  space station celestial bodies: sun, 
planets, moon, stars?
3. The astronauts  on the Space Station as they do not understand if it is 
night or day on  Earth?
4. A drop of water that is lost in the air is dangerous for the  electronic 
equipment on board?
5. What are the immediate benefits for  humanity arising from the results 
of the experiments of your space  missions?
6. The Risk factor aboard the Space Station can change by virtue of  the 
activities that you carry?
7. In a simple way how can be explained the  force that keeps the ISS in 
8. The infinity of space that surrounds  you bring you closer to the image 
of a "Creator God"?
9. The extraordinary  figure of astrophysics Margherita Hack has influenced 
your training program as  an astronaut?
10. How do you live the danger that a meteorite will collide  with the 
International Space Station?
11. Assuming the distant future of man  in space, the absence of gravity 
will evolve as the appearance of man?
12.  What factors determine the residence time of 6 months on the Space  
13. Assuming that the trajectory of a meteor crosses the Earth's  orbit, 
what contribution can the Space Station for safety on Earth?
14. From  space failed to observe atmospheric phenomena and to provide 
those disasters  such as tornadoes or tsunamis?
15. If the man in the distant future "inhabit"  the space as it will change 
your perception of spatial and temporal  distances?
16. This mission how is for you example of an expression of  brotherhood 
and cooperation among people of different countries?
17. An  'possible for you direct contact with the family over the internet?
18. How  much you exercise in Star City before you leave?
19. What specific  astronomical events you witnessed during your stay on 
the ISS?
20. Will it be  possible in the future for a person who is not an astronaut 
traveling to visit  and remain on the  ISS?

Scuola  Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto”, Cesano Maderno, Italy, 
telebridge via  VK5ZAI
Contact is a go: Tue 2013-09-24 10:18:13 UTC 80 deg
Watch for  possible last minute cancellation.

Proposed questions generated by  the Scuola Media Statale “Salvo D’Acquisto
” students:

1. Sognavi  fin da bambino di fare l'astronauta? 
2. La tua famiglia e' contenta del tuo  lavoro? 
3. Sei come un "supereroe" che tutto il mondo ammira. Che emozioni  provi 
per tutto cio'? 
4. Comunichi regolarmente con la tua famiglia? 
5.  La tua missione durera' 6 mesi, e ti manchera' la famiglia di sicuro, 
ti sei  portato qualche oggetto caro? 
6. Nel tempo libero, come vi svagate? 
7.  Visto che sei stato assegnato alla missione nel 2011, aspettavi con 
ansia questo  momento oppure eri tranquillo? 
8. Cosa vedi se guardi fuori dalla Stazione  Spaziale in questo momento? 
9. Cosa mangi a bordo della Stazione Spaziale?  
10. Come ti senti ad essere il primo astronauta italiano impegnato in  
attivita' extraveicolari? 
11. Le stelle si vedono 24 ore su 24 nello spazio?  
12. Per mezzo di che cosa si muove la Stazione Spaziale? 
13. Ad oggi hai  mai visto niente di strano volare nello spazio? 
14. E' bello osservare la  Terra dallo spazio? 
15. Hai gia' notato qualche cambiamento nel suo corpo,  da quando sei a 
bordo della ISS? 
16. Quale e' il fine scientifico della  missione Volare? 
17. Quanto tempo passerai a bordo della ISS? 
18. Nello  spazio le ore di sonno e quelle di attivita' restano invariate 
rispetto a quelle  terrestri o cambiano? 
19. Avrai intenzione, successivamente, di ritornare  nello spazio? 
20. Hai dei piani di emergenza in caso di problemi nello  spazio, nella 
partenza e nel ritorno? 

1. Did you dream  to be an astronaut since you were a child? 
2. Is your family happy of your  job? 
3. You are like a "superhero" that everybody admires. What kind of  
emotions do you feel? 
4. Do you communicate regularly with your family?  
5. Since your mission is going to last six months and of course you will  
miss your family, have you brought anything dear with you? 
6. In your free  time, how do you chill out? 
7. Since you were assigned for this mission in  2011, did you wait for this 
moment with apprehension or were you quiet? 
8.  What can you see now, looking out of the ISS? 
9. What do you usually eat on  board the ISS? 
10. How do you feel to be the first Italian astronaut engaged  in 
extravehicular activities? 
11. Can you see the stars 24 hours a day in  space? 
12. How does the ISS move? 
13. Have you ever seen anything  strange flying in space so far? 
14. Is it amazing to see the Earth from the  space? 
15. Have you noticed any changes in your body since you are on board  of 
the ISS? 
16. What is the scientific aim of the mission "Volare"? 
17.  How long are you staying on board of the ISS? 
18. Are the sleeping hours and  the ones for activities the same as on the 
earth or do they change? 
19. Are  you going to be back in space in the future? 
20. Do you have any emergency  programs if there are troubles in space, at 
the departure or at the  return?

Collège  de la Combraille, La Mouniaude À Chatelguyon, France, telebridge 
via  VK5ZAI
Contact is a go for: Sat 2013-09-28 08:39:06 UTC 70  deg

Proposed questions generated by the Collège de la  Combraille:

1. Comment vous douchez-vous?
2. A quoi sert la  station spatiale?
3. En quelle matière est faite la station?
4. La  temperature change-t-elle dans la station?
5. Combien de personnes le  vaisseau peut-il contenir?
6. Comment peut-on boire et manger dans la station  spatiale?
7. Comment ça fait d'être en apesanteur?
8. A quelle vitesse la  station se déplace-t-elle?
9. Est-ce que la combinaison est lourde?
10.  Avez-vous des animaux avec vous?
11. Y-a-t'il un changement d'horaire?
12.  Comment faites-vous quand vous êtes malade?
13. Quelles expériences  faites-vous?
14. Combien de temps restez-vous dans la station  spatiale?
15. Où trouve-t-on les combinaisons?
16. Est-ce que vous vous  entendez bien entre astronautes?
17. Dans quel but avez-vous construit la  station spatiale? 
18. Combien de temps dure le voyage jusqu'à la station  spatiale?
19. Combien de temps pouvez-vous rester dans l'espace en dehors de  la 

1. How do you have a shower?
2. What is the space  station use?
3. What is the space station made of?
4. Does the temperature  change in the space station?
5. How many people can the space station  contain?
6. How do you eat and drink in the space station?
7. How does it  feel to be in space?
8. How fast does the space station goes?
9. Is the  space suit heavy?
10. Do you have animals with you?
11. Is there a time  change?
12. What do you do when you're ill?
13. What experiments do you  do?
14. How long do you stay in the space station?
15. Where do you get  the spacesuits?
16. Do you get along with the other astronauts?
17. Why  was the space station built?
18. How long is the trip to the space  station?
19. How long can you stay in space outside the space  station?

Polska  Akademia Dzieci (Polish Academy of Kids), Gdańsk, Poland, 
telebridge via  TBD

Proposed questions generated by the Polska Akademia  Dzieci (Polish Academy 
of Kids) students:

1. Can you describe  preparations to space flight?
2. What do you have to do to become an  astronaut?
3. Which trainings do you need to become an astronaut?
4. How  old was the youngest astronaut and can a child go to space?
5. What do you  eat and how do you eat in space?
6. When will be the next expedition to  Mars?
7. How does personal hygiene look like in space?
8. What's the  research you're doing in space and what are your 
accomplishments  in  it?
9. What is dark matter made of?
10. Do black holes and white holes  exist?
11. Can you see the Eiffel Tower from space? When are you coming back  to 
12. Can a balloon full of helium go up in space?
13. Why is  there no gravity in space?
14. What do astronauts dream of in space and what  do they miss most?
15. When will be the next expedition to the  Moon?

S.  K. Seri Suria, Bangsar, Selangor, Malaysia, direct via 9M2RPN

Proposed questions generated by the S. K. Seri Suria  students:
1. How far you have to go to escape gravity?
2. What is the  escape velocity to reach ISS?
3. When you have achieved orbit what is the  first thing that you do?
4. Is it hard to eat in space?
5. How does it  feel to float in space?
6. How does one get treated in case of sudden  sickness in space?
7. If there is air leak in ISS what emergency action would  be taken? 
8. Can you weigh yourself in weightlessness?
9. Do you sweat in  space?
10. Can you grow seeds in space?
11. Can you see other satellites  from the ISS?
12. What time zone do you observe in space?
13. How many sun  rises and sun sets you see in space?
14. How often you get to speak to your  families in space? 
15. How is garbage disposed in space? 
16. How do  astronauts train for launch, orbit and reentry?
17. How would a candle burn  in space?
18. Can you blow your nose in space? 
19. If you sneeze in space  do you float backwards? 
20. Can you see stars in daytime when you are in  space?

Takatsuki  Dai 1 Junior High School, Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan, direct via TBD

Ecole  Francaise Jacques Prevert, Saly, Senegal, direct via 6V7SPACE

Proposed questions generated by the Ecole Francaise Jacques  Prevert 

1. How do you control your body movements in  weightlessness?
2. How are you able to keep your sense of time without the  rhythm of 
daylight and night-time?
3. What made you decide to become an  astronaut?
4. Has your body grown longer since you arrived on board the  ISS?
5. Can solar wind expose astronauts to any specific dangers when they  
operate outside the station?
6. In case of illness or injury, can the  astronauts receive medical 
treatment or be evacuated?
7. Can weightlessness  become tiresome in the long run?
8. Do you have time to relax with any  leisure activities?
9. Has your outlook on the world changed since you have  been in space?
10. How long will it take you to be able to walk properly  again once back 
on the earth?
11. What would you do if a comet or a meteorite  was heading directly 
towards the ISS?
12. What influence does your state of  mind have upon social behavior on 
board the ISS?
13. What are the most common  and most worrying problems that can occur on 
board the ISS?
14. When you get  back to earth, do you think your view towards life will 
have changed?
15. Can  you transmit warning messages if your instruments predict the 
formation of a  natural disaster somewhere on the Earth?
16. What are the requirements to  become an astronaut?
17. Is your diet appetizing or difficult to follow? What  food on earth do 
you miss the most?
18. How are you able to venture out of  the station while it is orbiting 
the earth at a speed of 17000 miles an  hour?
19. Do you miss your family?
20. How long is the training to become  an  astronaut?

Istituto  Comprensivo, Marzocchino Di Seravezza, Italy and Comprensivo 
Camaiore 3,  Camaiore, Italy, direct via IQ5VR

Convitto  Nazionale “Vittorio Emanuele II” di Roma, Rome, Italy, 
telebridge via TBD

Warren  County Technical School, Washington, NJ, direct via TBD

IPSSEOA,  Castellana Grotte and Liceo Classico e Linguistico C. Sylos, 
Bitonto, Italy,  direct via IZ7RTN

Wallingford  STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford, CT, direct via 

Kopernik  Observatory & Science Center (KOSC), Vestal, NY, direct via TBD

Cradle  of Aviation Museum, Garden City, NY, direct via W2VL

Proposed questions generated by the Cradle of Aviation Museum  students:

1. Have you faced many challenges as a woman pursuing a  career as an 
astronaut?  If so, what strategies did you have to overcome  these challenges?
2. How has your career in the U.S. Navy prepared you to  become a NASA 
astronaut?  What sort of testing do you have to go through  for a mission?
3. I’ve read that you enjoy swimming.  Does living in  microgravity feel 
like you’re in a giant swimming pool?
4. Can you describe  your view of the stars and other objects in space 
while on board the ISS?   Are the stars brighter?
5. Is it difficult to adjust to micro gravity?   What are the effects on 
your body when you return to Earth after being in space  for so long?
6. Do you have any concerns about being an astronaut?  How  does your 
family feel about you being on the ISS?
7. What is your mission on  board the ISS?  What is it like working with 
astronauts from other  nations?
8. Can you describe working on an EVA in outer space?  Is it  made more 
difficult because you have to wear an EMU?
9. How do you compare  your experience living underwater in Aquarius with 
living on the ISS?  How  do you spend your extra time on the ISS?
10. Did you always want to become an  astronaut?  Do you have any regrets 
about your career  choice?

Rancho  Romero Elementary School, Alamo, CA, direct via TBD

Primary  and Junior High Schools Complex in Stobierna, Poland, telebridge 
via TBD

Primary  and Junior High Schools Complex in Brzeznica, Poland telebridge 
via TBD

Istituto  Tecnico Industriale "Galileo Ferraris", San Giovanni Valdarno, 
Italy, direct via  IQ5GX

Ritsumeikan  Moriyama Junior High School, Moriyama, Japan, direct via TBD

Proposed questions generated by the Ritsumeikan Moriyama Junior  High 
School students:

1. When were you impressed most in  space?
2. What will you do if you have a mission to contact an alien?
3.  What are the attractive points of being an astronaut?
4. In the space  shuttle, a top spins very well. There is no air resistance 
in space. So is it  possible to spin semi permanently?
5. What kind of measures do you take for  an emergency at the International 
Space Station?
6. Have you ever seen a UFO  in the space?
7. I heard that astronauts can’t walk easily when they come  back to earth. 
Is it true?
8. What are the most convenient things to have in  the International Space 
9. How much water do you bring to the  International Space Station?
10. Do you miss your home food?
11. What was  the hardest thing to become an astronaut?
12. Do you wash clothes in the  International Space Station?
13. Which is more delicious, when you eat space  food in space or on the 
14. Which standard Earth time do you use in  space?
15. How does your body feel when you leave the Earth’s  atmosphere?
16. What accidents happen with water in the space?
17. What  trouble in your life do you have at the International Space 
18. What  did you worry about when you departed for space?
19. Why did you become an  astronaut?
20. What space food do you like?
21. Have you ever had a  dangerous experience in space?
22. What’s the temperature in space with a  space suit? Is it cold or hot?
23. What’s the most beautiful scene that you  have ever seen in  space?

Berkeley  Middle School, Williamsburg, VA, direct via TBD

Zespół  Szkół Technicznych, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland, direct via SP3POW

Collège  Les Gondoliers, La Roche sur Yon, France, direct via F6KUF/p (***)

Australian  Air League - South Australia Wing, Elizabeth, South Australia, 
Australia,  telebridge via TBD

Airdrie  Space Science Club, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada, direct via VE6JBJ


Currently  the ARISS operations team has a list of 60 schools that we 
hope will be able  to have a contact during 2013.   As the schedule becomes 
more  solidified, we will be letting everyone know.  Current plans call for 
an  average of one scheduled school contact per week.

Charlie  Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors  

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