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  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    ARISS contact planned with students in Gdansk, Poland

    altSaturday December 31, 2011 a radio contact is planned with students in Historical Museum of Gdansk in Poland. Expectedly, the contact will be established at approximately 14:04 UTC, which is 15:04 CEWT. Amateur radio station SP2ZIE will call OR4ISS.

    The Gdansk Historical Museum was founded in 1970 as the Museum of History of the City of Gdansk. At the beginning, Museum was limited to the sixteenth century Main Town Hall. Presently it includes several famous monuments of the Gdansk's architecture.

    The Historical Museum of Gdansk gathered collections documenting the city's history since the Middle Ages to modern times. It offers visitors exhibits of significant historical and cultural value. The Museum also organizes exhibitions of national and foreign origin. It is responsible for publishing exhibition catalogues, for the renovation and restoration of various works of art, including monuments, but most importantly it offers lessons dedicated to the rich history of the city and provides facilities for meetings, seminars and lectures. One of its goals is cooperation with other cultural institutions.

    This year the Museum actively supports the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest personalities in the history of Gdansk - the astronomer Johannes Hevelius. His passion greatly contributed to advancements in our knowledge of stellar objects travelling across the night sky. Therefore, the Museum organized several exhibitions, presenting Hevelius' achievements and research instruments. Also presented is the modern space exploration history, related to spaceflight and the space age in general. Furthermore, the Museum is also involved in building a "pulsar clock" - an extremely accurate device, used for the study of pulsars - rotating neutron stars.

    Performing an ARISS contact with one of the crew members of the International Space Station perfectly fits in the anniversary celebrations. The event will provide a direct contact between the citizens of Gdansk and an astronaut, who is considered by the public as the modern equivalent of the great explorers, expanding the horizon of our knowledge, reflecting the work of astronomer Johannes Hevelius.

    The ARISS contact from the Museum will foster interest in astronautics, astronomy and space exploration in general - especially with the young generation. Who knows, maybe in the audience there will be a future scientist who, in due time, will become the next Johannes Hevelius...

    The Polish Press Agency (PAP) supports this event. The conversation with NASA astronaut Daniel C. Burbank KC5ZSX will be conducted in English. Downlink signals with the astronaut’s answers will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM. The event will be live broadcast in streaming video on http://live.arisspolska.info. The questions will be asked by students from different schools in the Gdansk region.

    Via IARU - Read the full Article