Saturday September 28, ARISS contact scheduled with school in Chatelguyon, France

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Collège de la Combraille, La Mouniaude, Chatelguyon, France. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:39 UTC, which is 10:39 CEST.

WARNING: this contact could be cancelled due to Cygnus berthing activities.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by VK5ZAI, located in Kingston, southern Australia. The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.

Combraille High school is located 4 hours south of Paris in the beautiful Auvergne region. Students aged 11-15 study non vocational subjects. Three foreign languages are taught : English, German and Spanish. The school has a science 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 an astronomy club since five years. There are nightly star gazing sessions, sun observations, digital pictures taking of sun and stars, terrestrial meridian measuring ( Eratosthenes experiment ), building a telescope (Newton type), participation to science fairs and exhibits, presentations to the public in the local area. The school club has sparked off the creation of a local club (Les Astronomes de la Combraille). They own and use: a DOBSON 250mm telescope, two NEWTON 115 x 900 mm, a tracking 120 x 1000mm, a Herschel helioscope, a digital reflex camera, a CCD webcam.

The contact is expected to be conducted in French by astronaut Luca Parmitano KF5KDP.

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


1. Elisa(14): Comment vous douchez-vous?

2. Candice(14): A quoi sert la station spatiale?

3. Camille(14): En quelle matière est faite la station?

4. Clémence(14): La temperature change-t-elle dans la station?

5. Evana (14): Combien de personnes le vaisseau peut-il contenir?

6. Eugénie(13): Comment peut-on boire et manger dans la station spatiale?

7. Laurianne (14): Comment ça fait d\'être en apesanteur?

8. Kassandra(14): A quelle vitesse la station se déplace-t-elle?

9. Amandine(14): Est-ce que la combinaison est lourde?

10. Elisa(14): Avez-vous des animaux avec vous?

11. Candice(14): Y-a-t\'il un changement d\'horaire?

12. Camille(14): Comment faites-vous quand vous êtes malade?

13. Clémence(14): Quelles expériences faites-vous?

14. Evana (14): Combien de temps restez-vous dans la station spatiale?

15. Eugénie(13): Où trouve-t-on les combinaisons?

16. Laurianne (14): Est-ce que vous vous entendez bien entre astronautes?

17. Kassandra(14): Dans quel but avez-vous construit la station spatiale?

18. Amandine(14): Combien de temps dure le voyage jusqu\'à la station spatiale?

19. Camille(14): Combien de temps pouvez-vous rester dans l\'espace en dehors de la station?

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 onboard 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.