domingo, 1 de julho de 2018

ARISS contact planned for school in Bonn, Germany

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Kardinal Frings Gymnasium, Bonn, Germany.

The event is scheduled Tuesday 3 July at at approximately 08:32 UTC (10.32 CEST).

The conversation will be conducted in german.

The contact will be a direct operated by DL0IL.

The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe.

School Information:

The Kardinal-Frings-Gymnasium (KFG) is a private high-school grammar school in the archdiocese of Cologne. Located in Bonn-Beuel, however, the KFG is by no means a typical local part-school, but rather directs its direction for the pedagogical work beyond the local viewpoint to the level of regional and supra-regional structures.

Foreign language profile
In the sense of the qualification for social and cultural participation in national and international space, we provide our pupils in the area of languages as broadly as possible. This becomes clear in the special position of the Latin, which is obligatory at the KFG. Another focus is on teaching in- and outside the classroom in modern foreign languages. In addition to teaching in English, French and Spanish, this also includes offers for work groups (Italian, Chinese) as well as the bilingual subject teaching (English) of the social sciences in class 8 and 9 within the differentiated intermediate level. In addition there are special exchange programs and study trips to England, Australia, Chile, Italy and Spain. Our EU [European Union] project Erasmus+ cooperates with schools in Finland, Italy and Romania and offers valuable insights into foreign cultures.

The KFG as MINT(STEM)-friendly school
The KFG has been certified "MINT-friendly school" since 2016. On the basis of the MINT subjects (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology), our students develop the basic competencies in dealing with the animate and inanimate nature.  The usual teaching structures are varied and supplemented by various projects. Regularly these projects also involve the search for out-of-school learning places. We use our good contacts with universities, research institutes and companies in the Cologne-Bonn area. By intensifying the contact to the school lab of the DLR (German Center for Aerospace, Dr. Richard Bräucker) in Cologne-Porz, this place of learning can be visited regularly, especially by students of physics.  The same applies to the student laboratory Covesto Science Lab (formerly Baylab) in Leverkusen, which is regularly attended by basic and advanced courses in chemistry.  Computer science is supported by our cooperation partner amcm, a medium-sized IT compan!
 y.  For students interested in technology, KAUTEX mechanical engineering can be used.

The KFG is a long-term training center for the chemistry education of the district government of Cologne and the Competence Center of Bonn, and thus the staff is continually at the didactics pulse of the time. Since 2017 the biological department of KFG has two own fluorescence microscopes, both of which are maintained by our cooperation partner, the ZEISS company, microscopy is a focus of our practice-oriented teaching. The cooperation with the Fachdidaktik Biologie of the University of Cologne, which was agreed in 2016/17, will further intensify our efforts to achieve continuous innovation in our biology teaching.

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

1. Paul (14): How did you manage to be selected first as an astronaut and then as a commander?
2. Luisa (13) + Eduarda B. (15): According to which time zone / time the ISS crew is directed and how space flight influences the sense of time?
3. Leon (16): What is the most interesting thing that you saw when you looked at the earth when you were in space? What was your best view of Earth?
4. Clemens (16) + Dominik (16): Compared to your first flight, how the Earth has changed geographically until now?
5. Florian (10): Which mission was or is more dangerous or more exciting? The first or the second one?
6. Lasse H. (12): The operating costs of the ISS are very high. Why is the cost-benefit effort worthwhile in your opinion?
7. Benedikt (14) + Emilia (15): Because of the experiences you have made in space, has your view of Earth and humanity changed?
8. Julius (12): Will you again make a bet with your colleagues about the outcome of the Soccer World Cup?
9. Lea (16): How do you keep your body in shape and what are you doing against muscle loss?
10. Till (10): Which `work - life - balance` do you have on board? How many days do you work and how many days do you have free time?
11. Julie Mai (14) + Matthias (15): How the sleep time of the teams is regulated and how difficult is it to sleep in weightlessness?
12. Bastian (14): What do you think is interesting about the project ICARUS?
13. Niko (10): Is it true that in space you are not getting older so fast?
14. Tobias (16): Which kind of rituals the astronauts have, e.g. at the start or landing?
15. Fabian (15) + Bastian (15): If, like you, you have a chance to look at the world from outside, does it become more difficult to believe in God and religion?

16. Georg (16) + Luca (16) + Markus (15): How do you handle the risk that a start or a return will fail? Is the risk even discussed?
17. Lucy (10) + Marton (13) + Julius (12): How long will it take for humans to live on the Moon or Mars and when plants will grow there?
18. Yvonne (14): What influence weightlessness has on the menstrual cycle?
19. Justus (14): What are you doing at the ISS against depression caused by isolation?
20. Helene (10): Has one of the astronauts ever been injured and what supplies are there in such a case?
21. Dustin (14) + Gowsika (15): Is there a risk of illness on the ISS and how do you protect against it?
22. Maya (10): Do you believe that there are other living beings in the universe?
23. Ella (16): Which kind of cells do you explore with the fluorescence microscope and how it works?
24. Florian (16): How the astronauts maintain constant contact with their families, and how difficult for both sides is the long separation?
25. Nino (10) + Frieder (14): In which way the coexistence in such a narrow space effects your all day life and do conflicts occur?
26. Till (10): How Does Space Research Help Prepare Humans for a Journey to Mars?
27. Anna (10) + Franziska (10): Is not it annoying and boring to spend so much time in a spacesuit?

1. Paul (14 Jahre): Wie haben Sie es geschafft, zuerst als Astronaut und dann sogar als Kommandant ausgewählt zu werden?

2. Luisa (13) + Eduarda (15): Nach welcher Zeitzone / Uhrzeit richtet sich die ISS – Besatzung und wird durch den Weltraumflug das Zeitgefuehl beeinflusst?

3. Leon (16): Was ist das Interessanteste, dass Sie beim Blick auf die Erde gesehen haben und was war Ihr bester Blick auf die Erde?

4. Clemens (16) + Dominik (16): Welche aeußerliche (geographische) Veraenderung der Erde haben Sie verglichen mit ihrem ersten Flug bisher beobachtet?

5. Florian (10): Welche Mission war/ist gefaehrlicher oder spannender? Die erste oder die zweite?

6. Lasse (12): Die Betriebskosten der ISS sind sehr hoch. Warum lohnt sich Ihrer Meinung nach der Kosten-Nutzen-Aufwand?

7. Benedikt (14) + Emilia G. (15): Inwiefern hat sich durch die Erfahrungen, die Sie im All gemacht haben, Ihre Sicht auf die Erde und die Menschheit veraendert?

8. Julius (12): Werden Sie wieder eine Wette mit ihren Kollegen ueber den Ausgang der Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft machen?

9. Lea (16): Wie halten Sie Ihren Koerper in Form und was unternehmen Sie gegen den Muskelabbau?

10. Till (10): Wie sieht es mit Ihrer `work-life-balance` aus? Wie viele Tage arbeiten Sie und wie viele haben Sie frei?

11. Julie Mai (14) + Matthias (15): Wie ist die Schlafenszeit der Teams geregelt und wie schwierig ist es in der Schwerelosigkeit einzuschlafen?

12. Bastian (14): Was finden Sie am Projekt ICARUS so interessant?

13. Niko (10): Stimmt es, dass man im Weltall nicht so schnell älter wird?

14. Tobias (16): Welche Rituale haben die Astronauten, z.B. beim Start oder bei der Landung?

15. Fabian (15) + Bastian (15): Wenn man die Chance hat, die Welt von außen zu betrachten, wird es dann schwieriger an Gott und die Religion zu glauben?

16. Georg (16) + Luca (16) + Markus (15): Wie gehen Sie mit dem Risiko um, dass ein Start oder eine Rueckkehr fehlschlagen könnte und wird dieses Risiko überhaupt besprochen?

17. Lucy (10) + Marton (13) + Julius (12): Wie lange wird es noch dauern, bis Menschen auf dem Mond oder Mars leben und dort Pflanzen anbauen können?

18. Yvonne (14): Welchen Einfluess hat die Schwerelosigkeit auf den Menstruationszyklus bei Astronautinnen?

19. Justus (14): Was tun Sie dagegen, in der Isolation des Weltraums nicht plötzlich depressiv zu werden?

20. Helene (10): Hat sich einer der Astronauten schon einmal verletzt und welche Versorgungen gibt es in so einem Fall?

21. Dustin (14) + Gowsika (15): Besteht die Gefahr von Erkrankungen auf der ISS und wie schützen Sie sich dagegen?

22. Maya (10): Glauben Sie, dass es noch andere Lebewesen im Weltall gibt?

23. Ella (16): Welche Zellen erforschen Sie mit dem Fluoreszenz-Mikroskop und wie funktioniert das?

24. Florian (16): Wie halten Astronauten ständigen Kontakt mit ihren Familien und wie schwer ist fuer beide Seiten die lange Trennung?

25. Nino (10) + Frieder (14): Welche Auswirkungen hat das Zusammenleben auf engstem Raum und treten mal auch Konflikte auf?

26. Till (10): Wie hilft die Weltraumforschung, Menschen auf eine Reise zum Mars vorzubereiten?

27. Anna (10) + Franziska (10): Ist es nicht unangenehm und langweilig eine so lange Zeit in einem Raumanzug verbringen zu müssen?

About ARISS:

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA. The US Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide ARISS special support. 

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.

The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see, and


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