[sarex] ARISS event - Michael Sobell Sinai School, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom, Thur (Sep 25) at 11:34 UTC

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] kenneth.g.ransom at nasa.gov
Tue Sep 23 04:46:24 PDT 2008

An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at Michael Sobell Sinai School, Harrow,
Middlesex, United Kingdom on 25 September. The event is scheduled to
begin at approximately 1134 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge contact between stations NA1SS and
WH6PN. The contact should be audible over Hawaii. Interested parties are
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are
expected to conduct the conversation in English. 

The Michael Sobell Sinai School opened in 1981 and is the largest Jewish
Primary School in Europe. It caters for children aged 3-11 and offers a
challenging curriculum and the highest standard of education. It
receives excellent Ofsted reports on a consistent basis. 

Two of Sinai's pupils, Jessica and Amelia Diamond, visited the Kennedy
Space Center in May to see their cousin, astronaut Greg Chamitoff,
embark on a NASA flight to the International Space Station.

Sinai are excited to use this fantastic opportunity as part of its "The
Earth and Beyond" unit which follows the National Curriculum for the
year 5 age group (ages 9/10). During this period of study our pupils
learn in detail about space and the planets. The topic is mainly science
based but there are many planned activities which cross over into other
areas of the curriculum such as literacy, maths and information

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

1. What training do you do to become an astronaut?
2. What is the purpose of your trip?
3. Could you describe a typical day in space?
4. How do you go the toilet?
5. In what ways can an astronaut observe their religion in space?
6. What qualifications do you need to become an astronaut?
7. Will there ever be a day when we can holiday on the moon?
8. What's the food like?
9. What inspired you to become an astronaut?
10. How close are you to the planets and how do you/ can you identify
11. What do you miss?
12. What has been your most exciting moment so far?
13. Could you describe what the earth looks like when you are in space
and can you identify countries, weather conditions and the seas?
14. How does it feel to be in Space without gravity?
15. What is the International Space Station?
16. Do you notice light and dark, day and night, temperature when you
are in space?
17. How do you sleep?
18. What do you do for fun up there?
19. If one of your children wanted to be an astronaut what would you say
to them?
20. How many people are involved in preparing you for the trip and in
supporting you while you are in space?

Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
http://www.ariss.org/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.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of

Thank you & 73, 
Kenneth - N5VHO 

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