[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Vilniaus Jono Basanaviciaus Gymnasium together with Vilniaus Jono Basanaviciaus Progymnasium, Vilnius, Lithuania

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Sat Feb 10 04:33:59 UTC 2018

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Vilniaus Jono Basanaviciaus Gymnasium together with Vilniaus Jono Basanaviciaus Progymnasium, Vilnius, Lithuania on 12 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:45 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and LY1BWB. The contact should be audible over Lithuania  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.



We are students of the Vilnius Jonas Basanaviciaus Gymnasium and Progymnasium.  Both of the schools are located in Vilnius, in the capital of Lithuania.  Here we are taught of all basic subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, math, etc.  Our project team was assembled from both schools and each member has their own motivation to join, some of us are here to see what its like to make an amateur radio contact and talk to a person in space, some are here for the generic experience, while others try to figure out if space science would be what they want to do in their future lives.  Our team extends from writers, filmmakers to technical people, so everyone can try out everything and do what they like most.  Best thing about this project is that it is a very unique way to celebrate the 100 years of Lithuania´s independence.  All involved students will be able to mark this historical moment with such a powerful milestone and inspire future generations so that they never stop learning new things and never give up reaching new horizons.



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


1. Jonas Basanavicius was named person of the century in Lithuania. What kind 

   of person would you choose to be your country's person of the century?

2. Can you see Lithuania from your current position?

3. What is your opinion about inflatable habitats that were tested in the 


4. If you could ever travel to one of the planets, which would you choose?

5. How your stay in space differs from what you had expected?

6. Are there any disagreements between crewmembers?

7. What extreme situations might be faced in the ISS?

8. What was the first thing you saw through the window of the ISS?

9. Who would you be if you were not an Astronaut?

10. If you had an opportunity to talk to someone from the past, who would it 


11. What annoys you the most in ISS?

12. Is the silence in space deeper that on Earth?

13. How do you relax in space?

14. Have you ever seen space junk colliding?

15. Which do you think is scarier; ascending or landing?

16. According to which time zone do you celebrate New Year?

17. How do paper planes fly in the space station?

18. What is going to be your first meal when you come back?

19. Do you use lasers made in Lithuania in your work?

20: How long does it take you to catch up with fashion?





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Next planned event(s):


 1.  Los Angeles Academy Middle School, Los Angeles, CA, direct via W6RVD

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

     The scheduled astronaut is Scott Tingle KG5NZA

     Contact is a go for: Fri 2018-02-16 16:53 UTC


 2.  University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, 

     Philippines, direct via DX1ISS

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

     The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP

     Contact is a go for: Sat 2018-02-17 10:23:00 UTC


 3. "Galaxy - Children and Youth Center for Space Education", Kaluga, Russia, 

     direct via TBD

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be RSØISS

     The scheduled astronaut is Alexander Misurkin

     Contact is a go for 2018-02-18 10:45 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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