[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Space Exploration Educators Conference, Houston, Texas

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Wed Feb 8 02:53:40 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Space Exploration Educators Conference, Houston, Texas

on 09 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 20:30 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 K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the east 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.



The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation offering extensive science education program and a space museum. It is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and the only Smithsonian Affiliate in the greater Houston area. Educational emphasis is placed on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a fun and engaging way. It uses space exploration to inspire wonder and interest in science and math.


Space Center Houston offers a rich array of education programming for teachers and students, providing extraordinary learning opportunities.

Inspiring young people to choose careers in STEM is one of the outcomes of our program.

Education programs are based on data-supported evidence of effective learning and teaching methods.


This specific contact will be taking place during the Space Exploration Educator Conference, which engages teachers from around the world for three days of hands-on learning and exceptional keynote speakers.  Students from the Science Magnet Program at the Seabrook Intermediate School in Seabrook, Texas will be participating in the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact. 


Seabrook Intermediate School is the leader in innovative education. Their mission is to ensure that each individual explores and discovers unique talents, passions, and abilities through a dynamic system distinguished by limitless opportunities (including the Science Magnet Program) that foster collaboration, creativity, intrinsic motivation, respect for diversity, and citizenship to develop a productive role in society. 


The Science Magnet Program at Seabrook Intermediate School is offered to students in grades 6-8. The school provides a unique science curriculum for all students while providing additional science electives and opportunities for students enrolled in the Science Magnet Program.




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


1. How do you keep your fine motor skills in tune aboard the space station so 

   you can conduct your experiments?

2. Do the procedures to conduct experiments in space differ from procedures 

   on earth due to zero gravity?

3. How many sunrises and sunsets do you see in 24 hours and does this affect 

   your sleep?

4. What kinds of workouts or exercise do astronauts do on the space station?

5. How do you handle a reduction in supplies on board the space station?

6. Do you have a time zone in space?

7. What things do you find most difficult about living in space?

8. What is the number one thing you miss most about earth?

9. Since you lose bone density in space, is this change sudden or a timely 


10. Since hair root cells actively divide in a hair follicle, does zero 

    gravity affect this process? In other words, has your hair growth or 

    color changed or been affected while living in space?

11. What is the most essential part/piece of the space station?

12. Do you sweat when you exercise in space?

13. How did the American astronauts successfully vote in the presidential 

    election while aboard the space station?

14. Are astronauts more prone to getting illnesses or diseases in space?

15. Do you have to train your mind into thinking of when it is day and when 

    it is night?

16. Does your body become more coordinated while on the space station?

17. Do you ever look out and contemplate in wonder what else is out there and 

    if you might discover it for a future generation?

18. How do you deal with space particles hitting the solar panels and 

    possibly damaging them?

19. What do you do with the trash you generate on the space station?

20. Do you ever get bored on the space station or is there always something 

    to do?

21. Do you feel there are many psychological effects of living in space that 

    need to be documented?

22. Is feeling tired in space different than feeling tired on earth?

23. What do you feel is the most important accomplishment performed by the 

    space station that will help science?

24. Do the astronauts have to study and learn the languages of the other 

    astronauts in order to communicate?






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Next planned event(s):


  1. Palmetto Scholars Academy,  North Charleston, SC, direct via K4PSA

     The ISS callsign is presently  scheduled to be NA1SS

     The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough  KE5HOD

     Contact is a go for: Fri 2017-02-10 17:59 UTC 


 2. Collège André Malraux, Chatelaillon-Plage, France, direct via  F4KJT 

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be FXØISS

     The scheduled  astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

     Contact is a go for: Mon 2017-02-13  14:00 UTC


3.  3rd Junior High School, Komotini, Greece,  direct via SV7APQ

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS  

     The scheduled astronaut is Shane Kimbrough KE5HOD 

     Contact is a go for:  Fri 2017-02-17 08:58 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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