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ARISS CONTACT PLANNED SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2009 WITH SCHOOL IN SWEDEN

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sästraskolan, Skärholmen, Sweden, on Sunday 6 September 2009. The contact is scheduled at 19:25 UTC, which is 21:25 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge. ARISS groundstation LU8YY, located in Argentina, will establish the radio link with the ISS. Swedish astronaut Christel Fuglesang will answer questions from students in Swedish.

The ARISS contact will be distributed on EchoLink *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010.

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ARISS CONTACT WITH SCHOOL IN DE HAAN, BELGIUM SUCCESSFUL

The International Space Station school contact, planned with participants at Vrije Basisschool, De Haan, Belgium, Thursday 3 September 2009, was successful.  ARISS groundstation VK4KHZ, located in Glenden, Queensland, Australia, established radio contact with Frank De Winne, ON1DWN onboard the ISS. Students in Belgium asked 22 questions and got the answers from space, real time.

This all is accomplished using the Amateur Radio telebridge network, a world-wide network of amateur radio ground stations that enable students to contact the ISS.

The audio recording of the space talk will be appended to this News Bulletin, archived at: www.ariss-eu.org/archive.htm

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ARISS CONTACT PLANNED WITH SCHOOL OF ESA COMPETITION WINNER IN BELGIUM

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Vrije Basisschool, De Haan, Belgium. The event is scheduled on 4 September 2009 at 07:42 UTC, which is 09:42 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact is expected to be conducted in Dutch. The ARISS contact will be distributed on EchoLink *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010.

The school is located in De Haan, a sea-side resort on the North Sea. The school has 300 students. Sea air offers healthy environment and favours activities for the children. The school pays attention to the child on all facets and develops themes and projects. They appreciate new areas of knowledge and develop active approach.

One of the students - Iman - was among the winners of the ESA T-Shirt drawing competition for the OasISS mission. This ARISS contact is the prize and all class mates participate. 

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Pfadimuur ARISS contact successful

Saturday 22 August 2009, the Girl and Boy Scouts of Maur "Pfadimuur" in Forch, Switzerland, established a radio contact with ESA astronaut Frank DeWinne, ON1DWN, on board the International Space Station. The international year of astronomy inspired a few scout guides from Maur near Zrich, Switzerland, to create a special scout event, the Astrocamp 2009, where participants from 5 to 20 years shall learn about the following three topics which are scout qualifications: astronomy and space technology, communication technologies, journalism and public relation.

Therefore they planned 3 Saturdays, where about 100 active Pfadi Muur scouts have the possibility to visit one of the above named workshops. The event\'s highlight was the ARISS contact this morning, where children got the opportunity to talk to an astronaut. There will be more workshops later on such as a planet route, a telescope made out of a drain (astronomy) or a broadcasting local UKW radio station (journalism) as well as a self-constructed aircraft radio receiver in a second event open for public on September 19. The Swiss astronomy expert Bruno Stanek will hold a speech and together with people of a local observatory the scouts will have a look into the sky.

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ARISS Contact planned with Urania Observatory, Antwerp

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Volkssterrenwacht Urania, Hove, Antwerp,  Belgium, on 24 August. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:30 UTC, which is 13:30 CEST.

The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact is expected to be conducted in Dutch. The ARISS contact will be distributed on EchoLink *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010.

Flanders has five public observatories involved in the discovery of the wonderful world of astronomy. Urania is one of them. During antiquity, Urania was the Astronomy Muse. Today, Urania is trying to inspire people with astronomy and side sciences such as meteorology and astronautics. You can thus choose between a whole range of activities and services: lessons for beginners and experienced, guided tours of the observatory, an extended documentation center, various publications, stargazing evenings, conferences, Urania Mobile (Flanders\' first mobile observatory) and the astroshop. This \"Space Talk\" will boost activities at the start of the new season.  

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