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ARISS contact planned with students at Flemish Space Days, Belgium

An Expedition 19 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Belgian Space Days, Brabanthal, Leuven, Belgium on Sunday 10 May 2009. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10.55 UTC, which is 12.55 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

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ARISS CONTACT PLANNED WITH SCHOOL IN ULVILA, FINLAND

An Expedition 19 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Ulvila Upper Secondary School, Ulvila, Satakunta, Finland on 17 April 2009. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:36 UTC, which is 10:36 local time.

The contact will be a direct between OR4ISS and OH1F. The contact should be audible over Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink.  The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Echoes from Venus

First German Mars Mission makes sidestep to Venus

Ground station in Bochum generated echoes from Venus
The team of German Space Agency AMSAT-DL reached another milestone on the way to send a spacecraft to Mars on 25 March 2009. From ground mission control station in Bochum (located in the observatory IUZ Sternwarte) radio frequency signals were sent to Venus. After nearly 100 million kilometres of track and approximately five minute’s term they came back again as echoes from Venus surface and were received in Bochum. This was the first German success to receive echoes of other planets.

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ESA's Manned Spaceflight Educational Service submits a new project to the European Commission

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'Framework programmes' (FPs) are the main financial tools through which the European Union supports research and development activities covering almost all scientific disciplines.

ESA's Manned Spaceflight Educational Service has submitted a project to the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The aim of this proposal is to develop an educational project in a collaborative effort between researchers, teachers, didactic experts and the local communities, by integrating and sharing knowledge on inquiry based teaching methods and applying it to and testing it on concrete, appealing events: radiocommunication with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).

The ESA project, called Space Talks, is based on ARISS School Contacts.

The evaluation summary reports will be published by the European Commission in the 3rd week of April 2009.