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Frank De Winne's contribution to Euro Space Week

An International Space Station ARISS contact has been planned with 10 to 14 year old students at the Euro Space Center, Transinne, Belgium on 16 September 2009. Approximately 500 youngsters from different schools in the French part of Belgium come together with astronauts, cosmonauts and a taikonaut who participate to the "Belgian Space Week 2009" from 14 to 18 September.

Theme of the event  in the Euro Space Center is Life in Space. Students hope to be able to talk to the Belgian ESA astronaut Frank De Winne and ask him questions about his life in the International Space Station and about his experience as UNICEF ambassador.

The contact is scheduled on Wednesday 16 September at 07:12 UTC, which is 09:12 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ in California. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink  *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers. 

FRANK DE WINNE PERFORMS TWO ARISS CONTACTS DURING SAME ORBIT

Thursday  September 10, 2009 astronaut Frank De Winne, ON1DWN first contacted Atheneum Middenschool Keerbergen in Belgium at 09:30 UTC, 11:30 local time (CEST).  The telebridge ground station for this contact was W6SRJ, located in Santa Rosa, California and operated by Herb Sullivan, K6QXB.  Signals were excellent and Frank De Winne answered all 20 questions of the Dutch speaking students.  Twenty minutes later, at 09:55 UTC, 11:55 CEST, when the ISS was in reach of ARISS ground station LU1CGB, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, operator Adrian Sinclair contacted Frank De Winne for a second scheduled contact, this time with UNICEF World Classes at Euro Space Center, Belgium.  De Winne answered 18 questions, some in French, others in Dutch.  Both ARISS contacts were distributed on EchoLink by John Spasojevich, AG9D.  Audio recordings of both ARISS contacts are appended to this News Bulletin, archived at  www.ariss-eu.org/archive.htm 

FRANK DE WINNE CONTACT PLANNED WITH UNICEF WORLD CLASSES

An Expedition 20 ARISS school contact is planned for Frank De Winne, ON1DWN with UNICEF World Classes at Euro Space Center, Belgium. The contact is scheduled on Thursday 10 September 2009 at 09:55 UTC, which is 11:55 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge operated by LU1CGB in Argentina. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink  *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers and on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010. 

UNICEF Belgium will launch by the 25th of September their new educative campaign: WaSH. To promote this event the organization has organized a big drawing contest. It has been asked to the world classes willing to participate to imagine a WaSH logo and to include with it an important message about water and the needs to protect it. Three classes have been selected.

The students and their teachers will spend a day in the Euro Space Center where they will discover what it takes to become an astronaut and also the new WaSH campaign of UNICEF Belgium. Frank DeWinne is the godfather of this campaign. The classes will have an ARISS contact with him. This contact will be the opportunity for these children to establish a link between the WaSH campaign and its godfather and to understand that space research is important also to help improve water access for humanity.

ASTRONAUTS ROBERT THIRSK, FRANK DE WINNE AND CHRISTER FUGLESANG TALKS TO ESOC-ESA, LONG NIGHT OF THE

Friday evening, September 4, 2009, the ESOC-ESA Long Night Of The Stars in Darmstadt, Geramy, performed an ARISS contact with astronauts Robert Thirsk, Frank de Winne and Christer Fuglesang. The contact was a telebridge between onboard station NA1SS and the ARISS telebridge ground station LU8YY in Neuquen, Argentina, operated by Luis Funes. Peter Kofler IN3GHZ was the moderator of the contact.

ESOC is an establishment of the European Space Agency ESA from which all European science and earth observation satellites are controlled. To stay in contact with the spacecraft, ESOC designs and operates the ESA ground stations on several continents.

FRANK DE WINNE CONTACT PLANNED WITH MIDDENSCHOOL KEERBERGEN, BELGIUM

An Expedition 20 ARISS school contact is planned for Frank De Winne, ON1DWN with Atheneum Middenschool, Keerbergen, Belgium. The contact is scheduled on Thursday 10 September 2009 at 09:31 UTC, which is 11:31 CEST. The contact will be a telebridge operated by W6SRJ in California. The audio will be distributed on EchoLink  *AMSAT* and *JK1ZRW* servers and on IRLP Discovery Channel 9010. 
 
This high school, for students who are in the first grade, is a part of  the Koninklijk Atheneum Keerbergen.  The school has about 560 students, 12 to 14 years old. Participation to the ARISS project is linked with the course “Technological Education”.  The students have a project that has to do with transportation.  The purpose is to design and make a transportation device that is friendly to the environment.  The project is supported by a syllabus where the students learn about the different means of transportation.  Space travel is a big part of this project.