[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen, Switzerland

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sat Aug 22 01:47:16 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen, Switzerland on 24 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:24 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 direct between OR4ISS and HB9SG. The contact should be audible over Switzerland 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/Italian.



Currently, the Kantonsschule am Burggraben, St. Gallen (KSBG) in Switzerland comprises approximately 1250 pupils and 180 teachers. Our school is in Eastern Switzerland, in them German-speaking part of Switzerland and near the border to Germany and Austria. 


The students who will ask the ISS team their questions are between 16 and 17 years old.They are in a class whose focus is on science and mathematics. Later, most of these students want to study in the field of science. Our school also has an observatory and the students have the possibility to attend a course on astronomy.



1.  Do you feel the speed you are travelling at inside the space station?

2.  What was the most difficult thing to get used to on the ISS?

3.  Can you return to earth any time?

4.  Does it take long to adapt to zero gravity?

5.  What time do you set your clock to? Is there official ISS time?

6.  Do you have an idea why there are just a few female astronauts?

7.  How is it for you to be away from your family and friends for so long?

8.  What's the most important discovery you have made on the ISS?

9.  How difficult is it to live with the same people all the time?

10.  What is the thing you miss the most up in the ISS? Like for example 

     family, certain foods, gravity.

11.  What do you do when you are sick?

12.  Can you describe the feeling that you get when you look down on earth? 

13.  What are you afraid of when you are in space?  

14.  What was the most dangerous situation you've ever had in the spaceship?

15.  Have you had the idea of going to space since you were a child?

16.  What kind of experiments are you conducting at the moment?

17.  How long do you have sunlight?

18.  What is the best thing about being an astronaut?

19.  Do you have any private space for yourself? 

20.  How realistic was your training on earth compared to the situation in 







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Next planned event(s):


      1.  Maconaquah School Corporation, Bunker Hill, IN, direct via WD9GIU

          The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

          The scheduled astronaut is Kimiya Yui KG5BPH

          Contact is a go for:  Thu 2015-08-27 15:52:34 UTC 85 deg 


      2.  Sochi, Russia, direct via TBD

          The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS

          The scheduled cosmonaut is Mikhail Kornienko RN3BF

          Contact is a go for 2015-08-29 11:15 UTC



ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


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/ 


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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