[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru, IN

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Mar 7 03:21:02 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Blair Pointe Upper Elementary School, Peru, IN on 09 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:21 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and WD9GIU. The contact should be audible over the state of Indiana 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.



Blair Pointe Elementary School is in small town, Peru, IN. It is a town that is about 70 miles north of Indianapolis, and is in the same county as Grissom Air Reserve Base. It is a school that houses third through sixth graders. Blair Pointe is part of the Peru Community School Corporation that has

approximately 2,150 students in all 5 of its buildings. Our school has a diverse population with students coming from rural areas, apartments, mobile home parks, and low and middle income homes.


As a school, we provide many opportunities outside of the classroom to learn. A very high population of our students attend our various after school programs such as our remediation program, choir, art club, and robotics. We also have a high focus on the fine arts and through this we are able to provide a lot of learning across subject areas. This year we were able to bring in astronaut Jerry Ross to speak with our students about his space career. In addition, we have a very strong sports program including baseball, soccer, football, track, golf, cross country, wrestling, basketball, tennis, and volleyball.



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


1. Why and when did you become an astronaut?

2. How many people work on the space station at one time? And why?

3. What is your job on the space station?

4. What do you do when someone gets sick while on the space station?

5. Has anyone ever broken a bone on the space station? Do bones break 

   differently in space?

6. What kind of experiments do you do in space and are they safe or 


7. What happens if something in space hits the space station and damages the 

   ship? How would you fix it?

8. How do you keep track of all the floating debris?

9. Do the other astronauts sometimes get on your nerves?


10. How does it feel to be away from your family?

11. We all know astronauts have months of training, but has there been one 

    thing you were not ready for in your experience?

12. What is a day like on the ISS? What do you do every day?

13. When you are going into space and start feeling less gravity, do you feel 

    light-headed or nauseous? If so, is there anything in your training to 

    prepare you for this?

14. If your space suit gets torn, how would you fix it, and has it ever 

    happened to you before?

15. Do you ever get hot or cold in space and is there air conditioning on the 


16. Is there wifi in space?

17. Are you ever scared that you might run out of oxygen or that your ship 

    goes away from the Milky Way


18. Have you ever become unhooked from the space station? What does it feel 

    like to be floating around in space?

19. Is time in space different from time on Earth?

20. Do you have to be a certain age, height, or weight to go into space?

21. How many missions have you gone on? Do you have a favorite one? Why?

22. How many times did you orbit the Earth on your last trip to space?

23. Do you ever get dizzy from floating around all the time?

24. Would you say space is a harsh environment? Why or why not?

25. What is the hardest thing you need to do up in space? Why?

26. What do you see other than stars? Do you see any weird things in space?

27. What do you do in your free time? What is your favorite thing to do in 


28. Is it hard to adjust to being back on Earth after being in 0 gravity?






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Next planned event(s):


 1. 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 2017-03-10 08:20:46 UTC  

     Watch for live stream at  





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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