30 May 2007
SUNITA WILLIAMS TALKS WITH
The radio contact with the International
Space Station was established at ( local time), by ARISS ground station W6SRJ, located
between W6SRJ and the school in
Sunita Williams answered 13 questions, giving detailed information on several topics. An audio recording of the conversation is hereto appended.
Before the contact, ARISS-Europe chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF had introduced amateur radio to the audience and shown how volunteering ARISS members collaborate with the space agencies to offer educational outreach to the youth.
After the radio contact, an English language teacher translated the astronautís answers into French.
ESA candidate astronaut Vladimir Pletser participated to the event. He presented several videos on space exploration, especially on parabolic flight campaigns and Mars camps.
Pierre Emmanuel Paulis,
About 150 schoolchildren of 3 schools assisted to the event. Several teachers, members of the school organisation and parents also assisted.
Three TV stations and newspapers were present. The same day, the ARISS school contact was in the main TV News, local and national.
The audio of this ARISS School Contact has
been broadcast worldwide to the amateur radio community by EcholInk,
thanks to Dieter Scliemann KX4Y. Connections were
noted in the
This ARISS contact was the first ever
set up in a school of the French speaking region of