[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Fleurance Astronomy Festival, Fleurance, France

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Aug 10 21:11:34 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Fleurance Astronomy Festival, Fleurance, France

on 14 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:42 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 RS0ISS 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.



Fleurance is a small town located in the South-West of France near Toulouse, in the Gers department, with about 7,000 inhabitants. One of the main specialties of this city is the French gastronomy, and especially everything made from duck (e.g. french foie gras, duck magret) and melon.  In terms of beverages, Gers is the home region of Armagnac (french alcohol made from white wine), Floc de Gascogne (made from Armagnac and grape must) and Pousse-Rapiére (made from Armagnac and a kind of Champagne).


Since 1991, the French Astronomy Festival takes place in August in Fleurance where more than 10,000 people attend this summer event, the largest European festival on astronomy and space topics. More than 50 international researchers as well as astronauts are welcomed and give lectures to everyone coming to the festival over the week. Since 2006, Astro-jeunes, a kids festival, is organized during the same week, and welcomes more than 200 children per day to unveil them the mysteries of our Universe and the Space conquest history.  A dozen of children from this festival and the Fleurance high-school "Hubert Reeves" (sponsor of the Festival) have prepared this contact both with their physics and English teachers.




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


1.  How are you? How do you feel today? 

2.  Which time zone do you use? 

3.  Which scientific experiments are you working at the moment?

4.  What's the latest big problem you have experienced?

5.  What did you feel during take-off?

6.  How often do you go out of the station?

7.  Do you do your own laundry, if yes, how?

8.  What can you do if you have health problems?

9.  What do you eat?

10.  Do you look forward to going back on Earth?

11.  What do you fear the most in the Station?

12.  Is there day and night in space?

13.  Do you have internet access in the station?

14.  Do nails and hair still grow in space?







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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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