ARISS contact Gagny, France

April 2, 2024, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact between an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and students at the College Theodore Monod located in Gagny, France. ARISS conducts 60-100 of these special amateur radio contacts each year between students around the globe and crew members with ham radio licenses aboard the ISS.

Theodore Monod middle school is located 10 kilometers east of Paris, in the administrative area of Seine-Saint-Denis with about 700 students enrolled (from 3rd to 6th grade, 11 to 15 years old). This ARISS radio contact will take place from the former Paris-Le Bourget airport where Charles Lindbergh landed during the first solo transatlantic aircraft crossing in 1927 and which is now the National Air and Space Museum of France.

This will be a direct contact via Amateur Radio allowing students to ask their questions of astronaut Matthew Dominick amateur radio call sign KC0TOR. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz (NBFM) and may be heard by listeners that are within the ISS-footprint that also encompasses the relay ground station. The amateur radio ground station for this contact is north of Gagny at the National Air and Space Museum of France. Amateur radio operators using call sign TM2ISS, will operate the ground station to establish and maintain the ISS connection.

The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for April 4, 2024 at 4:51 pm CEST (France) (14:51 UTC). The public is invited to watch the live stream at:

As time allows, students will ask these questions:

1. Could you describe your feelings when you first took off from Earth?
2. How do you feel when you see the Earth from space?
3. What aspect of your daily life do you miss the most during your stay aboard the ISS?
4. What aspects of adapting to life in space do you find particularly challenging?
5. Has the cultural diversity of the crew any effect on the life in space?
6. What is the most interesting scientific experiment you did in the ISS?
7. What experiment or observation stood out as the most memorable for you during your time aboard the ISS?
8. How much free time do you have and what do you do with it?
9. Do you feel as much hunger and thirst in space as we do on earth?
10. Do the organs stay in place or do they move?
11. Is it difficult to stay a long time in a box with the same persons?
12. Is there a growing danger in the ISS because of space junk?
13. If you could undertake a space mission to another planet, which one would you choose?
14. Does the growing power of the private industry in the space conquest have an impact on the work in the ISS?
15. Are the space tourists welcome in the ISS and is it difficult to support them?
16. Have you ever seen any aurora borealis from the ISS?

Media Contact:
Dave Jordan, AA4KN

Astronaut Matthew Dominick, KC0TOR, sagte bei der Befragung durch Schüler aus Frankreich am 4.4.24 u.a. (noch ohne HamTV):

Frage 4. What aspects of adapting to life in space do you find particularly challenging?
Was mich bei meinen täglichen Kontakten mit Forschern am Boden oft stört, dass ich sie nur höre und nicht sehen kann.

Frage 10. Do the organs stay in place or do they move?
Ja, manchmal spüre ich eine Verschiebung von Organen in mir.