[sarex] ARISS Event - Northeast Middle School, Clarksville, TN, USA, Monday (Aug 28 ) at 15:59 UTC

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Fri Aug 25 13:30:24 PDT 2006

An International Space Station Expedition 13 ARISS school contact has
been planned with students at Northeast Middle School, Clarksville, TN
USA for Monday, 28 Aug, 2006. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 15:59 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ . The
contact should be audible to anyone in the eastern portions of
Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz
downlink. Additional listening options are listed below. The
participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English. 

IRLP -  Connect to the IRLP  reflector 9010.  
You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website  at

EchoLink -  The audio from this contact will be available on the
EchoLink *AMSAT*  (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208)
conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load
light on the *AMSAT* server.  This will ensure good audio quality for
all listeners. 
To join the event:
URL: https://e-meetings.mci.com

To access the Audio Replay of this call, all parties can:
1. Go to the URL listed above.
2. Choose Audio Streaming under Join Events.
3. Enter the conference number and passcode.  (Note that if this is a
recurring event, multiple dates may be listed.) Replays are available
for 30 days after the live event.

Northeast Middle School opened in the fall of 1990 to relieve
overcrowding in three existing middle schools and to accommodate the
closing of another one.  It is located in one of the fastest growing
areas of Clarksville, Tennessee, which is the fifth largest city in
Tennessee.  The school serves grades 6-8, with approximately 1280
students enrolled.  It is comprised of 41% military, with 37% of the
students having a parent or both parents serving in Iraq at this time.
Despite having a large number of students who move in and out each year,
Northeast Middle continues to score above the state of Tennessee on
state testing.  

Participants at Northeast Middle School will ask as many of the
following questions as time

1. Why did you want to become an astronaut and if you could choose
another job what would it be?
2. Do you get lonely when you are there and your family isn't with you?
3. How do you sleep on a bed while floating around?
4. What do you do if you have a medical emergency while you are up
5. How can you breathe in the space shuttle or on the space station
without wearing a space suit?
6. If the Space Station is International, how many different
nationalities are representing their countries and do you all speak one
common language? If so, what language is it?
7. What different types of food do you eat on the International Space
8. What would you do if you were outside making repairs and your line
9. How do you talk from space down to the command center on earth?
10. How long will you be staying at the International Space Station?
11. Are the astronauts experimenting on plant survival rates at the
space station?
12. What is going through your mind when you are in space?
13. How important is being physically fit in a weightless environment?
14. Are you at zero gravity the whole time you are up there or do you
experience some gravity?
15. How do you eat in space without having gravity?
16. What is the maximum time limit you could stay at the International
Space Station before you started having medical problems or muscle
17. Is it difficult to use the restroom on the International Space
18. Is it scary to you when you're coming in for a landing?
19. What are the most important safety precautions used on the Space
20. What type of research will you be doing at the Space Station?

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS has been unavailable due
to recent SSTV testing. After the contact, radios will likely remain
powered off in preparation for the three US spacewalks planned for the
STS-115 shuttle mission. Information about the next scheduled ARISS
contact can be found at

Next planned event(s):

 ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES,
JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating

ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the
International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see,
first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize
youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further
information on the ARISS program is available on the website
http://www.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO

More information about the SAREX mailing list