[sarex] ARISS event -Town of Berkeley Heights, NJ, Summer Playground Camp, USA, Wed (Aug 13) at 16:08 UTC

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Mon Aug 11 10:15:58 PDT 2008

An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants from the Town of Berkeley Heights, NJ,
Summer Playground Camp on 13 August. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 16:08 UTC.

The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and N2XJ. The
contact should be audible over Eastern North America. Interested parties
are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants
are expected to conduct the conversation in English. 

The town of Berkley Heights, New Jersey sponsors an annual summer
playground camp at one of the town's parks. Each year the New Providence
Amateur Radio Club sets up its station, N2 XJ, at the camp as an
educational opportunity for the children attending the camp.  The club
lets any interested camper get on the air to make both local and
long-distance contacts. The camp is open to all grades of school
students, but most campers are in grades from kindergarten to sixth

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

1. Do you have any plants growing on the Space Station, and can you
bring them back to Earth to study them?
2. Have you ever worked with a female astronaut?
3. What can a girl do to become an astronaut?
4. Have you done a spacewalk, and what is it like?
5. I've heard that Jeff Williams likes spicy foods in space. Do you have
the same experience?
6. Can you see an eclipse from the Space Station despite the station's
high speed?
7. Can you see aurora from the Space Station?
8. How do you eat and drink while floating?
9. Can you see meteors from the Space Station, and do they look the same
as here on Earth?
10. Do you think that children will go into space someday?
11. Will you be home in time to vote, and what state do you vote in?
12. Can you see any other satellites from the Space Station?
13. Can you see forest fires burning in California and Arizona?
14. How often do you communicate with your family, and how do you do it?
15. Do stars look the same from the Space Station as they do on Earth?
16. Do you expect another opportunity to go into space?
17. Would you go to the moon if offered the chance? 

Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact . Packet is transmitted
on 145.825 simplex.

Next planned event(s): 
Los Padres Council Troop 105,  Santa Barbara, CA direct via K6TZ, Thu
2008-08-21, 14:55 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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