[sarex] ARISS event - St Michael's Primary School, Daceyville, NSW, Australia - Mon. (April 02) 23:35 UTC
Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR]
kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Thu Mar 29 12:55:02 PDT 2007
An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has
been planned with students at St. Michael's Primary School in
Daceyville, NSW, Australia on 02 April. The event is scheduled to begin
at approximately 23:35 UTC.
The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and VK2KVE. The
contact should be audible in Eastern portions of Australia. Interested
parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The
participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
St Michael's Primary School Daceyville is situated in the Eastern
Suburbs of Sydney. It is a Catholic Systemic Primary School that serves
the immediate community of Daceyville; with a number of students
attending from outlying areas. The school has a population of 161
students ranging from Kindergarten (5 years old) to Year 6 (11 years
old). The school delivers a wide curriculum across 7 key learning areas
to ensure that children have access to a range of experiences and
opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, understanding and values.
As a school community we endeavor to instill in children a love of
learning, a keen awareness of the world they live in and the important
role they play as members of society. The curriculum capitalizes on the
natural curiosity of children and the way they perceive the world. It is
our hope that the students make the most of the educational
opportunities which they are provided with.
Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Do you suffer from travel or motion sickness when you're an
astronaut? Does it cause you much discomfort? How do you cope with being
sick in space?
2. Do you think that humans will eventually conquer space? And, does
outer space have an end? What is at the end of space?
3. How do you wash and go to the toilet in space without making a big
4. Is it fun to work in space? Will you go on a space walk outside the
International Space Station?
5. Can you please explain what it feels like to be weightless.
6. What features on the earth can you see from space?
7. Have you ever seen or experienced anything you cannot explain?
8. Can you describe some of the experiments you are involved in aboard
the International Space Station?
9. Do you believe there is life in outer space without any evidence?
10. How fast are you traveling and how long does it take to orbit the
11. Is it true that black holes can swallow planets and suns? And, if
the planet earth was swallowed by a black hole, would we die or still be
12. Can you see other planets and stars from the International Space
Station? And, why is our galaxy called the Milky Way?
13. Can you describe what it feels like to be blasting off on the space
shuttle? Is it noisy? Is there much vibration? Is it like a fun-park
14. Which scientists do you most admire? That is, which scientists would
be your greatest inspiration and why?
15. Have black holes been observed from earth? What is the difference
between a black hole and a worm hole?
16. In an ordinary earth day how many sunrises and sunsets will you see?
And, how long do they last?
17. What has been the biggest set back in space travel? And, do you
think much about the dangers of being an astronaut?
18. How long will you be in space for on this trip? And, will you miss
the changing seasons? What sort of climate is on the International Space
19. How do you sleep on the International Space Station? And, is it
difficult to fall asleep?
20. Do you ever orbit close to satellites? Have you seen one close up?
Or have you seen comets or meteors close up?
21. Approximately how many women are in the astronaut corps? How many
have traveled to space? Is the training harder for women?
22. What does it feel like when you enter the earth's atmosphere and
become weightless? What are the effects of weightlessness on your body
after a long period?
Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the
automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual. Information
about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at
Next planned event(s):
Glenden State School, Glenden, Queensland, Australia, direct via VK4KHZ
Wed 2007-04-04 22:39 UTC
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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