ISS in contact with Valais: “Yes, I can see your scout camp from space!”

PostedAugust 3, 2022, 4:06 PM

The ISS in contact with Valais“Yes, I can see your scout camp from space!”

About twenty scouts had a few minutes to chat with an astronaut from the International Space Station thanks to the radio installation of the federal camp Mova.

Twelve-year-old Flurin was able to make contact with astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from the radio tower in the middle of the Mova federal camp.

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«This is Hotel Bravo 9, Juliet Alpha Mike, calling the ISS. Do you copy?»

“This is ISS, I hear you loud and clear!” After several attempts, the call launched from the radio tower of the federal scout camp Mova by Flurin, twelve years old, finally received a response from space, Wednesday, at 2:22 p.m. At the other end of the airwaves, in the International Space Station, the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took advantage of a short shooting window during the flight over Europe to answer the questions of about twenty scouts present in the Valley of Goms (VS).

“How do you eat in space?” asks a young boy. “A bit like camping, with freeze-dried food,” laughs the engineer and fighter pilot. “Can we see the camp from above?” asks a teenager. “Yes, I can see you! Even if the terrain is a bit difficult to find, between the mountains and the forests.” And Samantha Cristoforetti adds that one of her teammates on board, American astronaut Kjell Lindgren, also did the scouts.

From space to Antarctica

A single file of around twenty young people had eight minutes to ask their questions in French, German, Italian and English to the multilingual astronaut.

A single file of around twenty young people had eight minutes to ask their questions in French, German, Italian and English to the multilingual astronaut.

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“The contact was made months in advance with the European Space Agency (ESA), which has a program intended to popularize the work of astronauts, explains Yves Oesch, former scout from Lausanne and radio-amateur. At the beginning of the camp, we did not yet know when the contact could be made, because the orbit must be well placed and the scientists in space must have the time between two experiments. Before and after the transmission, presentations were made by researchers from EPFL and the Confederation.

The tower of the federal camp, which serves as a radio installation, has also received several other transmissions to other countries and other continents, in particular to speak with other scout groups or other radio amateurs. Tuesday, it is even towards Antarctica that the short waves of the Mova left, for an hour of contact with the German research station Neumayer III.

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