[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Aug 9 03:56:35 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville AL on 11 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:48 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Since 1982, Space Camp® at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama has been inspiring people of all ages about space science, space flight, and space exploration. Among the 750,000 Space Camp graduates worldwide are five astronaut alumnae, including Dr. Kate Rubins, slated to launch on expedition 48/49 to the ISS this summer. Her presence on the space station provides an incredible opportunity for young people currently attending Space Camp to be able to talk to someone who was once in their shoes who went on to become an astronaut. It is also very likely that international students will be taking part in Space Camp during the link. These students will have a unique opportunity while visiting the United States to take part in an active exchange with the largest multi-national laboratory on-or off-the planet! In addition to Space Camp trainees, museum guests will have the opportunity to take part in the activity. As the original NASA visitor center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center has been telling NASA's story since 1970. And with over 650,000 visitors annually, the Space and Rocket Center is Alabama's top tourism attraction. And depending on when the event falls in the summer, the USSRC may also bring in educators attending Space Academy for Educators, an immersive professional development program conducted throughout the summer months annually. In short, the USSRC hope to maximize both camp and museum guest participation to promote the scientific activities taking place on the ISS, as well as highlight the technology that allows such an exchange to take place.  



Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1. What was your favorite subject in school?

2. What was your toughest subject in school?

3. Who were your heroes growing up?

4. What is something you learned at Space Camp you are using in space?

5. What advice would you give a student who wants to become an astronaut?

6. What advice would you give to someone at Space Camp this week?

7. Were you afraid when your rocket launched?

8. What was the hardest thing in astronaut training?

9. How often do you talk to your family?

10. Do you speak Russian with the Russian cosmonauts?

11. What does it smell like on the ISS?

12. What is the coolest thing that you have seen in space?

13. What is your favorite food to eat in space?

14. What medical research are you working on while you're on the Space 


15. What other cool research projects are you helping with?

16. As a researcher, do you think NASA's biological space research will one 

    day lead to a cure for diseases like HIV or cancer?

17. Do you work with research projects from other countries?

18. What do you think is the biggest effect on an astronaut's body from long-    

    term spaceflight?

19. How will research on the Space Station help us get ready to go to Mars?







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Next planned event(s):


       1.  Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal NY, direct via K2ZRO

           The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

           The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ 

           Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-08-18 16:24:42 UTC



       2.  Daisen Elementary School, Saihaku-gun, Japan, direct via 8J4DISS

           The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

           The scheduled astronaut is Takuya Onishi KF5LKS

           Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-08-20 08:50:19 UTC 





About ARISS: 

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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