ARISS contact planned with ESA Space Camp, Fleetwood, UK
An ARISS educational radio contact is planned with ESA Space Camp, Rossall School, Fleetwood, UK.
The event is scheduled Tuesday July 29 at 14:01:13 UTC . It will be a telebridge contact operated by W6SRJ in California.
A video from the event will be webcast at:
contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW
(node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery
This annual camp is organized by the ESA Space
Camp Committee takes place in a different European country each summer
for 2 weeks. This year the camp takes place between 27 July and 10
August where 185 young space explorers aged 8 to 17 will meet each other
in the UK at Rossall School. The children come from the following ESA
establishments (UK, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany).
will be the 20th Space Camp organised by ESA. This year the children
will also be involved in celebrating this milestone with marking 50
years of ESA. Children, their parents and educators from the area will
join the ESA campers on this special celebration day.
Rossall is a
boarding school situated on a beautiful 160-acre site, there is plenty
of room for extensive sports and cultural facilities, including a
swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, as well as a fitness room and a
The ESC 2014 programme will feature a balanced
mix of sports such as flag rugby, lifeguarding, kayaking and martial
arts. The theme for camp will be ‘Reach for the Stars!’ Well-equipped IT
labs, classrooms and an on-site planetarium will be instrumental in
setting up a space education programme that will keep the children
motivated with new and exciting hands-on activities and educational
tasks involving space-related themes, as well as learning about the
culture of the host country.
As with all ESA Space Camps, there
will be specific emphasis placed on socialisation and respect among the
participants. We hope to make the camp a really unique experience for
juniors and teenagers who are in the process of becoming citizens of a
This ARISS contact will mark a highlight in
the space education programme as children will be learning about many
aspects related to man’s endeavours to reach for the stars!
Students will ask as many of following questions as time allows:
1. Zachary (12): What has been your biggest challenge since being in space?
Noemi (11): On Earth bubbles in sparkling water (or cola) float
upwards, but in the ISS, there is no up and down. Which direction do the
bubbles go in sparkling water (or cola) on the ISS?
3. Kai (9): If you could change one thing on the ISS, what would it be?
4. Caroline (8): How do you sleep and for how long?
5. Lisann (10): Do you need sunscreen in space?
6. Nassim (8): Why do we have plenty of oxygen on earth, but not enough in space?
7. Auriane (10): Do you see time passing by in space? Do you have the same feeling of time duration (days & nights)?
William Baker (12): Can you give us an example of some added safety
procedures or precautions you must take in doing everyday tasks while on
9. Eduardo García (8): Why is there no oxygen outside the ISS?
10. Sonia ERNST: How long does it take to go around our planet?
11. Damien (9): What were your last thoughts when leaving earth?
12. Tristan (8): How do you keep your clothes clean on the Space Station with so little water?
13. Marie (8): Are there any seasons on the ISS?
14. Emil (8): What do you do for fun on the ISS?
Charles (13): I have been fascinated by the film "Gravity”. How
realistic is the film? Is space crowded by debris and therefore so
16. Roxane (10): How many switches are there inside the spacecraft, and do you know what all of them do?
17. Andrew (13): Is it highly stressful to be in space?
18. Ella (9): How do you have a bath when the water goes everywhere?
19. Benjamin (11): How do you dispose of the waste?
20. Luca (13): How are medical surgeries done in space if a specialized doctor is not available?
21. Lena (11): How is it in the ISS, when you arrive the first time? Was the journey comfortable?
22. Giulio (10): What would you like to achieve that you haven't yet?
Eveline (9): I've been practicing various types of sports the last
years, and now I still do judo. What sports can you practice in the
International Space Station, a weightless environment?
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
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.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF
ARISS Europe Chairman
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