[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Collège de la Combraille, La Mouniaude À Chatelguyon, France

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Thu Sep 26 20:15:53 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Collège de la Combraille, La Mouniaude À Chatelguyon, France on 28 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:39 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 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 French.



Watch for possible cancellation of this contact due to Cygnus spacecraft  berthing



Combraille High school is located 4 hours south from Paris in beautiful Auvergne region. Our students aged 11-15 study non vocational subjects. Three foreign languages are taught : English, German an Spain. The school house has a scientific workshop. It focuses on the yearly launch of a sounding balloon in partnership with French Center for Space Studies (C.N.E.S.). The school has had an astronomy club for five years now.

We have night star gazing sessions, practice sun observations, take digital pictures of the sun and the stars, experiment measuring terrestrial meridian ( Eratosthenes experiment ), built a telescope (Newton type), participate in science fairs and exhibits, organize sessions for the public of the local area. Our school club has even sparked off the creation of a local club (Les Astronomes de la Combraille) We own and use: One DOBSON 250mm telescope, Two NEWTON 115 x 900 mm, One tracking 120 x 1000mm, One Herschel helioscope, One digital reflex camera, One CCD webcam.




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


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?






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 Next planned event(s):


   1.   Polska Akademia Dzieci (Polish Academy of Kids), Gdansk, Poland, 

        telebridge via W6SRJ 

        Sat, 05Oct2013,  11:37 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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