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ARISS SCHOOL CONTACT PLANNED FOR CASALE MONFERATO IN ITALY

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned for astronaut Nicole Stott KE5GJN with students at Trevigi Lower Secondary School in Casale Monferato, Italy.  Trevigi Lower Secondary School is a prestigious educational institution in the city centre of Casale Monferrato. Casale is a small town situated on the River Po, in Piedmont (Northern Italy). The 450 students, boys and girls, are between 11 and 14 years old.

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ASTRONAUT FRANK DE WINNE TO CONTACT STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF LIEGE, BELGIUM

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at University of Liège in Belgium (ULg). The PhD students\' inaugural day is a yearly event organized at the beginning of the academic year and gathering many young researchers of the University of Liège in Belgium (ULg). The purpose is to boost information exchange between the 1500 ULg PhD students and promote training.

This half-day begins with a plenary session, welcoming high-level academic/political actors and researchers. Invitations were extended to Prof Bernard Rentier, ULg Rector and Marie-Dominique Simonet, Minister for scientific research. The contact will be a telebridge operated by ARISS groundstation ON4ISS on Friday October 2, 2009 at 13:10 UTC, which is 15:10 CEST.

Downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800MHz FM. The contact will be distributed on *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink servers.

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FRANK DE WINNE TO CONTACT CIENCIA VIVA MUSEUM, PORTUGAL

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at Ciencia Viva Science Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. Pavilhao do Conhecimento Ciência Viva  -  Pavilion of Knowledge Ciência Viva -  is a National Museum of Science and Technology in Lisbon. It is an interactive science and technology museum that aims to make science accessible to all, stimulating experimentation and exploration of the physical world by developing science and technology awareness-raising projects for the Portuguese people.

The ARISS contact at Ciência Viva will be a major event within the nationwide celebrated Space Week October 4 to 10. Students participating in the event are aged 14 to 16 and come from different schools in Amadora, one of the main satellite cities in the outskirts of Lisbon. They have been working on Space projects for two years and they are highly motivated to do science-related activities.

The contact will be a telebridge operated by ARISS groundstation ON4ISS on Thursday October 1, 2009 at 14:20 UTC. Downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800MHz FM. The contact will be distributed on *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* EchoLink servers.

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FRANK DE WINNE TO CONTACT TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN BELGIUM

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at Vrij Technisch Instituut Sint Lucas, located in Oudenaarde, Belgium. VTI Sint-Lucas is a secondary technical school for pupils aged between 12 and 18 – 19 years old. It offers technical or vocational studies, such as industrial science, electricity-electronics, electro-mechanics, carpentry, central heating, construction …. VTISL are proud of the school’s motto: “With a heart for the person and technology”. The school has about 540 pupils, mainly boys.

Under the enthusiastic leadership of Patriek De Temmerman ON8PDT, the school has been working on this project for a whole school year. It was the central theme of the School\'s Open Day and space and the ISS were linked to many courses. Through designing and developing our own hardware and software, such as the cross yagi antenna and the transmitting equipment…we hope to make youngsters enthusiastic for technique and technology.

The contact is scheduled on Tuesday 22 September at 13:47 UTC, which is 15:47 CEST. The downlink signals will be audible over Western Europe on 145.800MHz FM. The contact is to be conducted in Dutch.

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Astronaut Frank De Winne - ON1DWN to contact Delta Researchers Schools in the Netherlands

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with students at Space Expo, Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This is a regular ARISS contact arranged for Delta Researcher Schools every year as part of the commitment to DRS that ESA has entered into during the time of Andre Kuipers Delta Mission to the ISS. This agreement was made between The Ministry of Education in the Netherlands, ESA and NASA in 2004. It is based around the model of the NASA Explorer schools. The children come from Delta schools all over the Netherlands and the questions are selected after a competition. As there are now 45 Delta schools it gives a chance for all the schools to have a chance to speak to an astronaut.

The children are from 10-12 years old from upper primary school level. 3 children from each school will be attending and there are 12 schools represented on this day. 12 of the children will be trained before hand to ask the questions which this time will be in Dutch.They will each ask the question that won them the place at this event.

There will be a short presentation to the children explaining to them the concept of remote communication and ham radio by an ARISS expert. There will also be information about Frank De Winne and footage of his activities on board the ISS as well as information about the ISS. These children have been involved in learning about the ISS and Human spaceflight as part of their Delta School project.

The contact is scheduled on Friday 18 September at 15:55 UTC, which is 17:55 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge operated by VK4KHZ, in Queensland, Australia. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink  *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers.

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