domingo, 25 de novembro de 2018

ARISS contact planned for students in Troyes, France

An International Space Station school contact has been planned for Alexander Gerst KF5ONO with Ecole Primaire Jean Jaurès et Arnaud, Troyes, France.
The event is scheduled Tuesday 27 November 2018 at approximately 16:28 UTC (17:28 CEWT).
The conversation will be conducted in English.
The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD in Northern Italy.
The downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz FM.
Moreover, the event will be webcast from the telebridge ground station on

School Information:

Troyes is pronounced -[trwa]-  but if it has been famous for centuries, it hasn't got anything to do with the famous war in Greek mythology.
Original capital of the Champagne region, Troyes is a French city of artistic and historical importance located at one and a half hour from Paris.
At the heart of a French and European wide transport network, its strategic position made Troyes a centre of commercial influence during the Middle Ages
and the birth place of the 'Champagne Fairs'. Its 137 ha of protected land sits within the Seine diversion area which had been carried out in order to facilitate the textile industry.

Today, Troyes is the European capital of the outlet centres (4M visitors/year), and it remains the city of knitting as it has been since the Middle Ages
with brands such as Petit Bateau, DIM, Lacoste, Zadig et Voltaire, Absorba or Olympia having originated here. Its town centre, nicknamed 'Champagne cork' (because of its shape viewed from above), harbours a vast quantity of artistic and architectural treasures:

10 churches (listed status) , 5 museums , 10,000m2 of stained glass windows dating from the 13th to the 19th centuries ,

One of the most important libraries in France (more than 750000 books) including a unique set of documentary materials from the Middle Ages listed by UNESCO as a heritage site, The original editions of the Bible from Bernard de Clairvaux and the Diderot and d'Alembert Encyclopaedia.

An awarded city: Child friendly city, City of heritage and art, European Heritage site, 4 blooms - 'cities in bloom', 2nd champagne producer worldwide,
Active and sports friendly city, Troyes, 2015 disabled sports city, Cycling territory, Member of the OMS 'Villes-Santé' network.

A genuine quality of life. Within its vibrant life basin,Troyes offers all the benefits of a 180000 inhabitants urban area in terms of health infrastructure, education, culture,
services and shopping facilities. Troyes town centre is home to 140 national brands and a covered market opened 7 days a week.

Troyes provides a prime and pleasant environment as well as a fully pledged quality service offering and reasonable living costs.
Boasting 150 ha of green spaces within the city boundaries, the inner city offers more than 25m2 of nature per inhabitant. 120 km of cycle lanes link (among other) the city to the Forêt d'Orient lakes and 31 additional kms are being planned in the suburbs.

Our golden rule is proximity.With more than 10700 students - a number that has grown 5fold in the last 20 years - 30 higher education and research institutes and more than 170 training programmes, Troyes is the 2nd most attractive city in its category for students.
Young city, Troyes boasts 35 state schools, 12 nurseries and 8 leisure centres.

School information:

Our school is divided into two: "Arnaud" Nursery and "Jean Jaures" primary schools.It hosts about 220 pupils from year 3 to year 11.
The school is built at the heart of the city centre nicknamed "Champagne cork" because of its shape viewed from above.

Arnaud Nursery is named after a painter, Marcel Arnaud. Jean Jaures Primary School is named after a famous French politician.

The pupils are delighted to work together and communicate on a common project.
They can discover new things about Astronomy and the International Space Station and they can help each other.

Participating in the ARISS project offers them the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge, their critical mind and their desire to learn. It gives meaning to what they learn, it combines their academic skills with the real world, and in the future, as citizens, they might be able to change the society in which they live.

They are also excited and happy to be part of a project that develops their self-esteem and opens them up to the outside world.

Students First Names & Questions:

1. Anais (5): How are you doing?
2. Maya (10): What is your best feeling in space?
3. Martha (6): Can you see the colours of the stars?
4. Liham (5): Have you ever seen any aliens?
5. Alban (4): What's your job on the ISS?
6. Juliette (10): Is it dangerous in space? If yes, what's dangerous?
7. Saliha (5): Were you sad when the Soyuz rocket crashed last month?
8. Cali (10): Where and how can you find oxygen to breathe?
9. Faustyne (5): Is there a pipe that brings back your waste to Earth?
10. Ouma (10): What is a typical day like?
11. Rayane (5): Could you come and visit us in Troyes?
12. Jeanne (10): What do you do when you are outside the station?
13. Irina (6): What is beautiful in space?
14. Marius (10): Do you come across satellites in space?
15. Lily-Rose (10): Could you take a picture of Troyes, 48.176N and 4.046E?
16. Tessa (10): What personal things did you bring on board?
17. Horace (4): Do you feel sick in space?
18. Leon (9): How will you return to Earth?
19. Paul (4): Is there a phone in the ISS to call Michel Tognini?
20. Gael (4): Do you play games on board?
22. Lola (5): Do you sleep at night?

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


Gaston Bertels – ON4WF

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