[sarex] ARISS Event - Centre Hastings Secondary, Madoc, Ontario, Canada, Mon (Nov 20) at 16:35 UTC

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Thu Nov 16 14:10:34 PST 2006

An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has
been planned with students at Centre Hastings Secondary, Madoc, Ontario,
Canada on Monday 20 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 16:35 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and VE3UR. The
contact should be audible to anyone in eastern portions of Canada and
the Northeastern USA . 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. 

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

1. With each supply shipment to the ISS sending more water from Earth,
we are taking away a precious resource. A colony on the moon would need
lots of water which would be obtained from our finite supply on Earth.
Will this water be returned or is it lost forever?
2. With business tycoons like Richard Branson looking to expand their
companies into the cosmos via commercialized space travel, has it now
been decided that space travel is to become a routine commercial
3. The Canadian Space Agency and NASA are have you testing your hand eye
co-ordination on the shuttle. Do you play video games on the ISS as well
as doing this experiment?
4. Chris Hadfield was calm when he told us about the Russian Progress 23
cargo ship having difficulties docking with the ISS and the ISS losing
power. Are all astronauts that calm when under pressure?
5. What is your favourite song to play on the guitar while on the ISS?
6. Mr. Hadfield told us Russian bread has a four year shelf life. Does
it taste the same after 4 years of not being eaten?
7. Your mission has 4 EVA'S. Have you ever stood on the end of
8. Luke Skywalker fought a spherical droid in Star Wars.  Are the two
SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental
Satellites) on the ISS like pets to you?
9. Can you see heaven from the ISS?
10. If you got appendicitis aboard the ISS what can you do about it?
11. You are doing a study related to immune function and virus activity.
Has an astronaut or cosmonaut ever fallen ill while aboard the ISS, and
if so what health measures were taken?
12. In your personal opinion do you believe that there is or ever was,
life on other planets, such as Mars?
13. On the ISS, are there any communication problems between the crew
due to language and cultural differences?
14. When the Progress cargo ship was docking, you had a problem with the
antenna. ARISS became your mode of communication to Earth.  How did you
fix the antenna retraction problem?
15. Mr. Hadfield said he brought a guitar to the ISS. Does it go out of
tune more in space than Earth?
16. How do you protect yourself from germs with limited amounts of water
on the ISS? On Earth we handwash.
17. SPHERES are like Tamagotchis. Do the red and blue ones shut down
when you go to bed?
18. When you look out the window of the ISS do you see the planets and
which one is your favourite?
19. You 're measuring the exposure of cosmic radiation of your crew. Are
you concerned about getting cancer?
20. You are trying to grow lentil seeds in artificial gravity. Have they
21. For Mikhail Tyruin. Would a "hole in one" be hitting the (Canadian
E21) golf ball into a crater on the moon?

Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS has not been functioning
in the automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual.
Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

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 

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