[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN

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Mon Aug 22 04:34:56 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN on 23 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:09 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and N9DR. The contact should be audible over portions of the mid U.S. 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.



Founded in 1925, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis creates immersive, interdisciplinary experiences that promote inquiry-based family learning across the arts, sciences, and humanities.  The museum is a 473,000 square foot, five-level facility that houses 11 permanent exhibit galleries, two traveling exhibit spaces, a children's theater, a planetarium, a public library, a preschool, and a collection of more than 115,000 artifacts and objects. Most recently, the Children's Museum opened Beyond Spaceship Earth, and immersive exhibit focused on human space travel.    Beyond Spaceship Earth features three components: a recreation of portions of the inside of the International Space Station (ISS); a one-of-a-kind, immersive space object experience called the Schaefer Planetarium & Space Object Theater; and an Astronaut Wall of Fame, which will pay tribute to more than 30 astronauts with ties to Indiana.


Hosting more than one million visitors each year, the museum has received numerous accolades, including being named one of the top 3 science centers in the country by Family Fun magazine. The museum has been ranked as the number one children's museum by Forbes.com. Through a variety of free and discounted admission programs for underserved populations, as well as its community outreach efforts targeting local neighborhood residents and urban public schools, the Museum ensures that its visitor population is diverse. 



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


1.   How do astronauts get the water they need? 

2.   What experiments are you conducting on the ISS? 

3.   Do you have any free time while on the ISS and if so, what do you do? 

4.   How many personal items do you bring with you to outer space and what 

     types of items do you bring? 

5.   Do you have plants on the ISS and if so, how do you grow them.  What 

     type of food do you eat? 

6.   How does lack of gravity affect the body? 

7.   I know you have astronauts from different countries.  How do you 

     communicate with each other? 

8.   What do you do with all of your trash while you are in space? 

9.   How long do you train before you are ready for a mission? 

10.  What is it like to sleep in space? 

11.  What is it like to do an EVA? 

12.  What is the most difficult task for you to do in space? 

13.  What happens if you need spare parts to fix something on the space 


14.  What happens to your body while you are in space? 

15.  What is the biggest lesson you have learned while being in space? 

16.  Without the ability to get fresh air into the space station, what does 

     the ISS smell like? 

17.  What advice would you give to kids who want to be an astronaut? 

18.  What is your least favorite thing to do in space and why? 

19.  What is your favorite part of being an astronaut on the ISS? 

20.  What is your favorite food on the ISS? 






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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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