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  • Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    ARISS contact planned with Descartes High School, France

    Monday January 9, 2012 at approximately 14:05 UTC, which is 15.05 CEWT, a radio contact is planned with the International Space Station for students at Descartes High School, located in Montigny-Le-Bretonneux, France. Amateur radio station F6KRK will call OR4ISS.


    Descartes High School is located 30 km South-West from the center of Paris and 10 km from Versailles Palace. There are about 800 students, aged 15 to 18, who study non-vocational subjects for the end-of-the-year test called Baccalaureate. A 2-year preparatory class for admission to top engineering schools in France opened 2 years ago.


    The Astronomy Club has a telescope with which the students observe planets. They  successfully took pictures of the ISS. This year, students study life and work aboard the International Space Station and discover radioamateur activities with the support of the local radio-club F6KRK. The school’s English Club participates, helping the students to improve their speaking skills for a Space conversation. The students dream to communicate with the ISS so that one day, spotting a small shiny object in the sky, they can say: "I have talked with an astronaut up there!"


    The conversation will be conducted in English. Downlink signals with the astronaut’s answers will be audible in Europe on 145.800 MHz FM. Moreover, the event will be webcast live in streaming video on http://www.f6krk.org/ARISS/static5/jour-j


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