Mission to Space

Radio contact with the crew of the International Space Station ISS

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Special thanks go to our ARISS Mentor Peter Kofler IN3GHZ and to the ARISS Chairman Gaston Bertels ON4WF

=> Here you can read Peter Kofler's report

=> Here you can listen to Gaston Bertels' contact closing words

A project of "Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen" in cooperation with

Aufzählung "Das Auge des Himmels" - "The Eye in the Sky" Satellite images of the Earth


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Aufzählung Application accepted
Aufzählung Project description
Aufzählung "The Eye in the Sky" exhibition
Aufzählung Press release - Pressemitteilung


Contact confirmation:
EU Special Event, Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen, Weiskirchen, Germany (De Winne contact)
Option: Sun 19Jul09 17:54:43 (19:54:43 MESZ) UTC 89 deg via ON4ISS

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Our application was accepted. We are on the waiting list and have already been given an appointment  :-) 

To the waiting list  >>> Status of European ARISS School Contact Applications



ID 34 EU
Apps # 140
School name Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen D-66709 Germany
Apps date 22-May-2009
Mentor IN3GHZ
Sked Status OPEN Sked
date 18-Jul-2009
Comments try for weekend 17-19 Jul 09

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ARISS school contact with students from
Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen, Germany and Ecole Primaire Erpeldange, Luxembourg

International Space Station ARISS school contacts have been planned in cooperation with the “The Eye in the Sky” exhibition. The event is scheduled to take place 19 July 2009.

The Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen is a general education school where the pupils can achieve a standard and secondary graduation. First foreign language is English. Concerning school partnerships there are contacts to schools in Luxemburg, France and Rumania. It cooperats with the radio club „DARC Ortsverband Schwarzwälder Hochwald, Q21“. Because of the contact to the radio technology a core-team of interested pupils has been formed. Working together with the radio amateurs a radio school station could be established and a radio club has been founded.

Due to our large media presence associated with our radio amateur school station the attention of the organizers of the exhibition "The Eye in the Sky" (see below) was drawn to our activities.


The ARISS project at Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen (Oak leaves Highschool):


If accepted, as many students as possible will be involved in the project with different topics: the space station, space discovery, astronauts, scientific space research, shortwave communication, the conquest of space, living on the ISS, how to become an astronaut, experiments at the ISS, the solar system, drawing contests, …

Media coverage:  Due to the cooperation with the exhibition “The Eye in the Sky”, best media coverage is guaranteed.

The contact will be via telebridge. The onversation will be in English.

 Students’ questions:

All students are invited to propose questions to ask during the ISS contact. A jury of adults and students will be responsible for the choice of questions. Participants from the two schools will ask as many of 20 selected questions as time allows: Here are the selected questions.  Astronaut Frank de Winne answered 18 questions.

Click on a question for the audio recording and the German translation 

1.         Tom from Luxembourg: How did you feel during the shuttle launch? Over

2.         Marco from Germany: How does the earth look like from the station and is it possible to recognize buildings on Earth from the ISS? Over

3.         Laura from Luxembourg: Beside the sun, the earth, the moon, what other planets can you see from ISS? Over

4.         Simon from Germany: Can you take a bath or a shower in the ISS? Over

5.         Chris from Luxembourg: Is it tiring to move at zero gravity? Over

6.         Philipp from Germany: Why do the astronauts have to clean the ISS periodically every week? Over

7.         Gilbert from Luxembourg: What was the hardest job you have done at the station? Over

8.         Julian from Germany: How is security provided for oxygen supply? Over

9.         Daniel from Luxembourg: What kind of space food do you like best? Over

10.       Jacqueline from Germany: How do you deal with the garbage in the ISS? Over

11.       Max from Germany: Where do you keep your dirty laundry? Over

12.       Arno from Germany: Which standard time are you using in the ISS and how do you know if it is day or night and when it’s time to sleep? Over

13.       Moritz from Germany: Do you snore more or less in weightlessness of Space than you do on Earth? Over

14.       Sebastian from Germany: What happens if someone in the station gets extremely sick or severely injured? Over

15.       Laura from Luxembourg: What kind of experiments are you making at the station and what is your mission in the space station? Over

16.       Tom from Luxembourg: We know that you work very hard in space. What do you do to relax and have fun? Over

17.       Jacqueline from Germany: What did you astonish most in the space? Over

18.       Chris from Luxembourg: Do you get homesick in space? If so, how do you deal with it? Over

Astronaut Frank de Winne answered 18 questions.

19.       Philipp from Germany: How do you prevent your food from flying away in zero gravity? Over

20.       Daniel from Luxembourg: Has space garbage crashed with the ISS? Over


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The Eye in the Sky

Satellite images of the Earth

The “The Eye in the Sky” exhibition can be admired and adored in the Saarland from January 11, 2009 to September 27, 2009, and its location in the Reden mine once again offers the ambience of historical industrial architecture.

God’s Perspective

In our “The Eye in the Sky” exhibition you see the Earth from “God’s Perspective”. The large-format images were taken by observation satellites for scientific purposes – and yet, their stunning beauty evokes the most beautiful artwork. The monumental colour images show the Earth in all its fascinating diversity: huge mountains and deserts, the great streams and oceans, nature untouched by man and nature influenced by man through the creation of holy places and metropolises. For thousands of years mankind has dreamed of seeing the Earth from the sky. Anyone who visits this exhibition will remember their childhood, when they thumbed through old atlases and turned a globe with their small fingers: first we looked for our birthplace, but then our curiosity drew us to foreign countries and continents and we dreamed of a world without borders. The images taken from space show us that all the things which we categorise separately as oceans, mountains, deserts, streams and cities are actually entwined with each other, becoming inseparable and forming unique landscapes. For our “The Eye in the Sky” exhibition we have, in collaboration with Robert Meisner, consciously chosen satellite images that show us the fascinating diversity of the Earth’s landscape. Such an “aesthetic” choice draws the visitor’s attention to the richness of our “blue planet”; a heavenly body that is moved by immense terrestrial forces and covered with a network of life veins. Satellite observation of the Earth represents an important development in the quality of photography. It has considerably expanded the view and the area of experience of both science and politics. Geological research, the recording of the atmosphere and the oceans, climate research and natural hazard predictions, the exploration and the control of natural resources, urban and regional development planning as well as environmental protection are among the key areas in which satellite observation has become indispensable. These images from space are of an overwhelming sensuous power. They were originally taken for scientific purposes, but for this exhibition arts and graphics where the decisive factors in processing and design. “Art meets Science” would be a fitting title for the images, for the result is a combination of scientific image processing and beautiful motifs offered by nature. When Karl Blossfeldt took his legendary close-up photographs of plants and Albert Renger-Patzsch his “rock” photographs, their artistic intention was to show that nature itself keeps producing an infinite diversity of forms, that nature, just like man, is creative. And this is exactly what these pictures from space show us. From the perspective of the satellites, the Earth resembles a living creature, composed of the most diverse forms, the result of its own creative development, the interaction between geological forces, and man’s influence upon it. Like no previously seen images, they show us that man plays a part in this precious ensemble that emerged from the interaction of all the different forces of the Earth. When you regard these images from space you can see exactly how man treats nature. Behind these fascinating aesthetic appearances the whole drama of the relationship between man and nature is unravelled. Man-made planet: man can make nature fertile, care for it, help develop it, but he can also violate it, devastate it, exploit it – he can destroy nature or he can fuse with it. On seeing the Earth from space almost all astronauts express the same feelings: the beauty of the Earth, but also its endangerment, the admiration of nature, but also the worry that man could think he was the measure of all things and just use nature as a raw material for the satisfaction of his selfish interests.


In the context of our exhibition "The Eye in the Sky", we would like to organize an event in July in relation to the fortieth anniversary of the moon-landing. Pupils from the Saarland and Luxembourg, who should establish the radio contact with the ISS, are invited and can prepare their questions. Also our Prime Minister Peter Müller, who is at present also president of the Bundesrat, the German Upper House of Parliament, will participate in the event and send a greeting to the ISS crew. The German astronaut Thomas Reiter will give a lecture which is included in the meeting. In addition, we would like to present the photographs of the moon-landing on a large canvas. As an attraction for the juvenile visitors, a weightlessness simulator is set up. The entire event is public and not commercial.


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Sunday 19 July 2009 at 17:54 UTC, i.e. 19:54 local time, the Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen in Germany, performed an ARISS contact with ESA astronaut Frank de Winne. The contact was a telebridge between onboard station OR4ISS and the ARISS telebridge ground station ON4ISS in Belgium, operated by Philippe Van houte ON5PV. Gaston Bertels ON4WF was the moderator of the contact. 

Weiskirchen is a small town in the german Bundesland Saarland, close to France and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen is a general education school where the pupils can achieve a standard and secondary graduation. Following cooperation with radio club \"DARC Ortsverband Schwarzwalder Hochwald, Q21\", a core-team of pupils interested in radio technology has been formed. Working together with radio amateurs, a radio station could be established in the school and a radio club has been founded. 

The contact was part of a special EU event : the exhibition \"The Eye in the Sky\", in relation to the fortieth anniversary of the moon-landing. 

The school Ecole Primaire Erpeldange, Grand Duchy of Luxemburg, participated to the event. The questions of the ARISS contact were prepared by pupils from Saarland (Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen) as well as from Luxemburg (Ecole Primaire Erpeldange). 

As an attraction for the juvenile visitors and with the goal to show amateur radio technique to future hams, the school contact coordinator Wolfgang Klein DD1WKS and his team set up a full satellite station for the simulation of a direct contact. 

The audience was about 130 people. State Secretary of Economy and Science, Dr. Christian Ege, adressed the audience before the contact. Cornelia Hoffmann-Bethscheider, member of parliament and Mr. Dietz, Mayor of Merchweiler were also present. 

The questions were read by 9 students from Weiskirchen and 5 students from Luxemburg, aged from 11 to 15 years. Signals from the ISS were loud and clear all the time. Astronaut Frank de Winne answered 18 questions. An audio recording of the radio contact will be appended to this News Bulletin, archived at www.ariss-eu.org/archive.htm 

The contact was covered by several media: Saarlaendischer Rundfunk (radio broadcast and television), Saarbruecker Zeitung (newspaper) and Concept-TV (local TV production). 

Participants were delighted. 

ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries. 

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers onboard the International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see, first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize youngsters\' interest in science, technology and learning.


Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ

ARISS mentor

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=>External link: Saarbrücker Zeitung

Saarbrücker Zeitung 21 July 2009


=>External link: www.bild.de

Local Edition: Saarland 17 July 2009

=>External link: Wochenspiegel Saarland

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Project coordinators

DO9GPF           DD1WKS        Ulrike Sutter


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