[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, UK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 9 03:02:32 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, UK on 11 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:09 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between GB1SS and GB1RMS. The contact should be audible over the UK 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.



The Royal Masonic School for Girls is an independent girl's day and boarding school in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, with an exceptional, unusual and distinguished history. Founded in 1788 with the purpose of educating the daughters of Freemasons who were unable to support their families, it is one of the oldest girls' schools in the country. We attract girls aged 4-18 from across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and North London and boarders from all over the world. We also have a Pre School for boys and girls aged 2 to 4. Our ethos is both an inspirational and nurturing and our girls strive to be the very best they can be, academically, morally and creatively. Our public examination results are consistently impressive and each year around 90% of girls leave RMS to take up places at University. Life at RMS is centered on much more than "just" academic success and the School is well known for its exceptional pastoral care, and the wealth of extra-curricular opportunities it offers - including Astronomy as we are one of very few schools in the UK to have our own planetarium and observatory!



1.  If you have hiccups in space do you bounce around?

2.  I watched your video on water and why it turned into a sphere. Would you 

    get the same reaction with a fizzy drink like lemonade?

3.  I'm 7 years old - when I am your age, what do you think space travel will 

    look like?

4.  We have heard you had to breathe o2 before your brilliant spacewalk.  Are 

    there any precautions you had to take after returning inside the ISS?

5.  What was the first word that came into your head when you saw the Earth 

    from Space?

6.  What was the hardest thing to adjust to when you arrived at the ISS?

7.  Which of your muscles has been affected the most by the zero gravity?

8.  Who was your biggest inspiration to travel into space?

9.  How is being an astronaut different from being an aquanaut, apart from 

    the sea and the air?

10.  What is the best advice that you have been given and wish to pass on to 

     future astronauts before travelling to the ISS??

11.  Your blog says that you are doing research into new space age metals 

     using a levitation furnace. Why is zero gravity better for this type of 


12.  Aside from plants, how do you produce oxygen on the ISS?

13.  What is the difference between flying a helicopter and being in a rocket 

     going to the ISS? 

14.  Did your training prepare you for the actual experience of space jet lag 

     given you have said you adjusted so quickly? 

15.  How is the ISS helping us deal with the challenges of deep space 


16.  Is there an 'up' on the space station when conducting a spacewalk for 

     navigational /orientating purposes? 

17.  What is your favourite experiment that you have carried out in space, 

     and why? 

18.  What has been the most surprising everyday object on the ISS that you 

     did not expect to find? 

19.  How often do you see Solar wind? 

20.  When Chris Hadfield recently visited us he said your guitar skills were 

     good but needed more practice Do you have time to practice the guitar in 







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Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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