[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Sol Plaatje Primary School, Mahikeng, South Africa, and Scuola Secondaria di I Grado, Caprino Bergamasco, Italy

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Fri May 1 14:31:40 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sol Plaatje Primary School, Mahikeng, South Africa, and  Scuola Secondaria di I Grado, Caprino Bergamasco, Italy on 02 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:34 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between IR0ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Scuola Secondaria di I Grado:


Caprino Bergamasco and its school are located atop of hills in between Bergamo and Lecco region. The school facility, recently built, serve the small community of 3000 people, it has pupils from age 3 to 14. Students from 11 to 14 have been involved in the ARISS activity, belonging to classes 1E, 2E, 2F and 3E.


Sol Plaatje Primary School:


It is a co-ed school having Gr.0-Gr.7. There are 1216 learners in the school, planet Earth and beyond is part of the curriculum and as a school they try to develop the learner's knowledge about space bodies and inculcate a love for the subject within the learners.


Sol Plaatje Primary School participated on at the 2014 SAASTA Astronomy Quiz with a team - made by Ebenitha Esterhuizen, Kgotlholela Seagisa, Oratile Selatlhedi and Orefile Morule, prepared by the teacher Ms Micalla Lucas - and resulted the best among more than 1.700 schools.



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


1.  When did you dock to ISS and which is the purpose for your mission?

2.  Quale e' stata l'esperienza piu' emozionante che hai vissuto fino ad ora?

3.  I would love to be an astronaut one day and I would like to know what the 

    requirements are to become an astronaut?

4.  Quali sensazioni si provano durante il lancio?

5.  In case of emergency, what safety measures do you have in place on the 


6.  Dalle foto che invii sembra che a bordo ci sia un clima molto bello di 

    amicizia, quando siete stati scelti hanno pensato anche alla 

    compatibilita' di carattere? 

7.  What are the living conditions like on the ISS?

8.  Noi viviamo in un piccolo paese sulle colline bergamasche e alcuni di noi 

    vengono da paesi lontani, possiamo pensare ad un futuro come cittadini 

    del Mondo senza perdere il      ricordo delle nostre origini? 

9.  What equipment/tools do you use on the ISS?

10.  Qual e' la cosa più difficile da fare in microgravita'?

11.  Give a brief explanation of how you felt when you first experienced 


12.  Abbiamo osservato che la reazione tra aceto e bicarbonato produce 

     effervescenza e sviluppa CO2, in grado di far gonfiare un palloncino. 

     Cosa accadrebbe in microgravita'?

13.  What activities or strategies do you have in place when preparing to go 

     to space?

14.  Abbiamo osservato la crescita di batteri e altri microrganismi, che 

     potrebbero provocare malattie, in un terreno di coltura sterile dopo 

     averlo toccato con la punta delle dita. Prima di partire 

     avete seguito un protocollo di igiene particolare per non infettare la 


15.  How long does it take for your body to adapt to the gravity on Earth 

     after you have returned from space?

16.  Cosa succede se qualcuno si ferisce procurandosi un taglio sulla ISS? Se 

     ci si sente male sulla ISS cosa succede?

17.  How many countries are involved in the International Space Station 


18.  Acqua, olio e alcool in un cilindro graduato, tendono a stratificarsi, a 

     causa delle diverse densita': si potrebbero in microgravita'? Cosa 


19.  The ISS rotates in low Earth orbit, what does it mean?

20.  Dato che da li riesci a vedere tutto il mondo, hai scoperto qualche cosa 

     di nuovo come popoli che vivono in zone nascoste o difficili da 


21.  Come si fa a riprodurre l'atmosfera sulla ISS?

22.  Quale e' la tua paura più grande? Quale e' la cosa peggiore che potrebbe 

     succedere sulla ISS?

23.  Ti piacerebbe uscire per una passeggiata spaziale? Potresti averne 


24.  Hai sentito lo sbalzo di temperatura mentre salivi in orbita? Che 

     temperatura c'e' fuori dalla ISS?

25.  Quale e' il paese più illuminato di notte? Da li che effetto fa 

     l'inquinamento luminoso?

26.  Cosa ne pensi della presenza di vita extraterrestre?

27.  Cosa sarebbe successo se il tuo fisico non si fosse preparato prima di 

     entrare in microgravita'?

28.  Cosa ti manca di più della Terra? Cosa ti manchera' di più della ISS?

29.  Questo era il tuo sogno da sempre o si e' formato nel corso del tempo?

30.  Quante volte alla settimana si fa esercizio per mantenersi in forma? 

     Quale e' la parte più difficile dell'allenamento?


English translation for the Italian school:

2. What was the most exciting moment up there until now?

4. What did you feel during the launch?

6. From your photos we see a very nice friendship among you. Have you been 

   selected also considering this?

8. We live in a small town in the hills of Bergamo, and some of us come from 

   distant countries, can we think of a future as citizens of the world, 

   without losing the memory of our origins?

10. What's the hardest thing to do in microgravity?

12. We observed that the reaction between vinegar and baking produces 

    effervescence and CO2, able to inflate a balloon. What would happen in 


14. We observed the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that could 

    cause disease, in a sterile culture soil, after touching it with your 

    fingertips. Before leaving, did you follow a specific protocol in order 

    to not infect the ISS?

16. What happen if someone is injured on the ISS? And if you feel sick?

18. Water, oil and alcohol in a graduated cilinder, tend to stratify, due to 

    the different density. What would happen in microgravity?

20. From up there you can see all over the world, have you discovered 

    something new like people who live in hidden areas or hard to be reached?

21. How do you reproduce the atmosphere on the ISS?

22. Which is your biggest fear? And what's the worst thing that could happen    

    on the ISS?

23. Would you like to go out for a spacewalk? Might you have the opportunity?

24. Did you feel the change in temperature while in orbit? Which is the 

    temperature outside the ISS?

25. Which is the most illuminated country, as seen from space? From up there, 

    what's the effect of light pollution?

26. What do you think of presence of extraterrestrial life?

27. What would be happened to your body if not trained for microgravity?

28. What do you miss most of the Earth? What will you miss most of the ISS?

29. Was this your dream of becoming astronaut or did you realize it over the 


30. How many times a week do you train to stay fit? Which is the hardest part 

    of the exercise?





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Next planned event(s):


 1.   Istituto Tecnico Industriale Statale "Enrico Fermi", Lucca,  Italy, 

      direct via IQ5LU and Studi di Firenze - Dipartimento di Fisica e  

      Astronomia, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy, direct via IQ5PO

      The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be IRØISS

      The scheduled astronaut is Samantha  Cristoforetti IZØUDF

      Contact is a go for: Sat,  09May2015, 09:52 UTC



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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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