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An International Space Station contact has been planned for astronaut Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG with Lycée Hélène Boucher, Thionville, France

The event is scheduled  Thursday April 27, 2017 at approximately 08:52 UTC.

The radio contact will be operated by F8KGY. Downlink signals will be audible in parts of Europe on 145.800 MHz narrowband FM. Moreover, HamTV will be activated. Live Video from ISS will be visible at

School presentationThionville is a commune in the Moselle department in north-eastern France, close to the Luxemburg border. The city is located on the left bank of the river Moselle. Thionville is well-known for the Steelmaking activity until years 1970, and for the Malbrouck Castle nearby (15th Century).More than 1000 pupils from 11 to 18 attend Helene Boucher High-School in Thionville. The school is preparing students for the “Baccalauréat Littéraire, Economique et Scientifique”. Some students, aged 15, have preparing their HAM-radio license to be able to use the equipment on D-Day.

Other students aged 15, are also working on an educational model project which will allow them to show how to use the equipment necessary to get in touch with ISS, to younger students. These same students would also like to present this educational model and the project itself to compete for “Olympiades de Physique”, a prestigious challenge, open to all French high-school students.

A scientific club called “Objectif Mars” (Mars Objective) has existed for three years at Hélène Boucher high-school It work’s on:
-    the computer programming of self-sufficient robots,
-    the making and the launching of micro-rockets,
-    the making and the use of an astronomical telescope.
Getting in touch with ISS is part of the same project “Objectif Mars”.

The ARISS contact will be conducted in French. Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:

1. Thomas (12th Grade): Comment les passagers de l'ISS s'arrangent-ils pour leurs cycles de sommeil?

2. Nathaël (12th Grade): Comment réagit l’horloge biologique face à la disparition du repère jour/nuit?

3. Savinien (12th Grade): Comment la station ISS parvient-elle à être autonome en électricité?

4. Jonathan (12th Grade): Quand vous transpirez après une séance de sport, comment vous douchez-vous?

5. Mathieu (12th Grade): Pouvez-vous nous montrer un objet en apesanteur? (camera HAM-Video)

6. Gaëtan C. (11th Grade): Est-ce que la micro pesanteur ressentie lors d’un vol zéro-G est la même que l’apesanteur ressentie dans la station?

7. Savinien (12th Grade): Est-ce que l’entraînement suffit pour supporter l’accélération subie lors du décollage de la fusée?

8. Yann (11th Grade): Quel avantage l’apesanteur vous procure-t-il lors de vos expériences scientifiques?

9. Gaëtan B. (12th Grade): Comment la station ISS et vous-mêmes êtes affectés par une éruption solaire?

10. Nathaël (12th Grade): Comment la station est-elle protégée contre les rayonnements cosmiques et les vents solaires?

11. Gaëtan C. (11th Grade): Comment faites-vous pour vous soigner en cas de besoin? (maladie, blessure, etc.…)

12. Gaëtan B. (12th Grade): Comment fonctionne la centrale inertielle de la station? (angles d’inclinaisons)

13. Jonathan (12th Grade): Quelles sont les sensations lors d'une sortie extra-véhiculaire?

14. Mathieu (12th Grade): Comment est affectée l'oreille interne par le manque de pesanteur? (tournis, mal de l'espace)

15. Thomas (12th Grade): Peut-t-il y avoir des conflits entre vous? Si oui comment les gérez-vous?

16. Yann (11th Grade): Si on vous propose de participer à une mission vers Mars, le feriez-vous et si oui, pourquoi?

17. Nathaël (12th Grade): Comment ressentez vous le fait d'être au milieu de l'espace?

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, JAXA, and CSA.

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.

For up to date information on ARISS television, please visit the HamTV website at

Gaston Bertels – ON4WF
ARISS Europe