[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with ISS R&D Conference, San Diego, CA

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Sat Jul 9 14:41:10 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at ISS R&D Conference, San Diego, CA on 14 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:03 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 NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



This ARISS contact will be conducted with a consortium of schools attending the ISS R&D conference as part of STEM day.  Descriptions of the schools participating in the contact are shown below. 


School:  Lake Elementary School, Oceanside, CA

Lake Elementary School opened in 1989 in southeastern Oceanside. A top priority continues to be the use of technology by students and staff to prepare children for 21st Century College and Career readiness.


School: Community Montessori Charter School, Escondido , CA

CMCS currently serves approximately 375 students in grades K-8. Students attend one of five resource centers located throughout San Diego county, and are on a Montessori home study program. 


School: Vista Magnet Middle School, Vista, CA

Students will be literate, reflective and critical thinkers in all areas of interaction who transfer knowledge and embrace diversity within a global society. 


School: Monte Vista Elementary School, Vista, CA

Our vision at Monte Vista Elementary is to ignite a love of learning and a sense of curiosity in all students. We will promote academic achievement through high expectations and develop problem solvers who are technologically proficient.


School: Lilac School, Valley Center, CA

The Lilac Learning Community shares a commitment to exploring, developing and differentiating deliberate, effective strategies and practices for learning in a dynamic environment of collaboration, inquiry and diversity.  


School: STAR Prep Academy, Los Angeles, CA

The STAR PREP ACADEMY is an extraordinary private middle & high school for students who seek an individualized approach to learning, based on their desired areas of specialization. 


School: Westminster Christian School, Miami, FL

Founded in 1961, Westminster is an independent, college-preparatory, coeducational Christian school serving 1,241 students from preschool through 12th grade.  




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


1.  What do astronauts dream about in space?

2.  When you first landed on the ISS was it what you expected?

3.  What is the most interesting thing that you have seen up in space that 

    you wouldn't find here on Earth?

4.  How do you feel in zero gravity?

5.  What personal item did you bring with you when you left for the space 


6.  I've heard the view of Earth is amazing; can you describe some of the 

    things you've seen?

7.  I like astronaut ice cream.  Do you actually eat food like that or do you 

    have regular food?

8.  When you get back what's the first food you would like to eat?

9.  What do the other planets look like from the ISS?"  

10.  Some people feel small and insignificant when thinking about the 

     vastness of space. How does it make you feel?

11.  What is the protocol in case of a medical emergency?

12.  What do you miss most on Earth (besides your family)?

13.  What is your favorite way to exercise on the International Space 


14.  What is the maximum capacity of people on the space station at any given 


15.  If mechanical problems happen aboard the International Space Station 

     (ISS) what is your plan to fix it, or if so, abandon the Station.

16.  Since you are in space for a long time, do you have any hobbies to pass 

     the day?

17.  Have any of the experimental insects on board ever escaped, and if so, 

     how did you retrieve them?

18.  Is there ever conflict between the astronauts since you're all in one 

     place together?

19.  Do you have Wifi? Internet? Netflix?

20.  How different would it feel to be on the moon?

21.  What is the most important part of the station in your opinion?

22.  Is there anything you wish you would have known before you went to 


23.  I see astronauts wearing space suits only half the time.  Why do you 

     only wear them some of the time in space?

24.  Do you ever take animals to space with you?

25.  Do you ever get scared or miss your home? 

26.  What made you want to become an astronaut?

27.  Does a "day" feel shorter without the visual reassurance of daylight and 

     its absence?

28.  What was your favorite science project that you have worked on during 

     your time on the ISS?

29.  Do you believe that there is life on another planet other than Earth?

30.  Do all astronauts sleep at the same time or do you sleep on rotation?

31.  What are the odds of mechanical or electrical problems happening to your 

     equipment aboard the ISS?

32.  Were you allowed to take any personal items on the spacecraft?





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Next planned event(s):


   1.  Frontiers of Flight Museum's "Moon Day 2016",  Dallas TX, telebridge 

       via W6SRJ. The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ

       Contact is go for: Sat 2016-07-16 15:54:09 UTC 88 deg 




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), and the 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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