[sarex] ARISS event - College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University, Imphhal, Assam, India, Wed (Jan 07) at 10:05 UTC

Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR] Kenneth.G.Ransom at nasa.gov
Fri Feb 6 11:45:51 PST 2009

An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at College of Agriculture, Central Agricultural University, Imphhal, Assam, India along with Maniput University on 08 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1005 UTC.

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over eastern Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Central Agricultural University, (CAU), Imphal, Manipur (India)
The Central Agricultural University was established in 1993 in the city of Imphal in Manipur, India. The University extends its jurisdiction to total seven colleges in six states in the North-East India namely: College of Agriculture, Imphal (Manipur), College of Veterinary Sciences & A.H. (Mizoram) , College of Fisheries, (Tripura), College of Horticulture & Forestry (Arunachal Pradesh) , College of Home Science (Tura, Meghalaya) , College of Engineering & Post Harvest Technology (Sikkim)  and College of Post Graduate Studies in Meghalaya. The University offers various graduate and post graduate and Doctorate degrees in various branches.

Manipur University, Canchipur
Manipur University, established in July 5, 1980. It is located at Canchipur, Imphal, the capital city of Manipur. The University campus located in the historic Canchipur, the old palace of the kingdom of Manipur. The campus is endowed with historical and cultural places, the most famous being the Langthabal Palace which was established by Maharaja Gambhir Singh in 1827A.D. just after the liberation of Manipur from Burmese occupation. The University has 72 affiliated colleges and one constituent college i.e. Manipur Institute of Technology (MIT).

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Do you have to carry air from earth for use in the ISS?  Do you produce oxygen there?
2. What is the most interesting part you see in the night sky there? Do you see the planets better than from earth?
3. Recently you and your colleague did a space walk outside the ISS. How risky is a space walk? Do you have to do space walks often?
4. Do you see the state of Manipur with the Loktak lake from space?. How does it look?
5. How small a thing you can recognize on the earth from space? Can you recognize individual buildings?
6. What is the primary mission behind the ISS?
7. Do you see if ISS program may help in future to grow more food and help the world hunger project?
8. Was there any experiments conducted to see how plants grow in space in zero gravity?
9. How do you maintain your physical fitness in the ISS? Can you exercise in zero gravity?
10. When will you return on Earth? With this trip over all how long you will stay in space?
11. May we request you to plan a visit our University in Manipur in coming years to give a talk to the students.
12. Are there any facilities for your entertainment in the SPACE?
13. Do you hear daily news from earth station? And how is it possible?
14. Have you ever encountered a meteor in your flight?
15. Can you give us some words of hope from space to the students of the North East?
16. We have heard that you love foreign language? Have you picked any Manipuri or Meitei words?

Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact .

Next planned event(s):
1. Istituto Comprensivo Pietrasanta1-Scuola Secondaria 1° Grado, "Padre Eugenio Barsanti", Pietrasanta, Italy, Tue 2009-02-10 10:24:39 UTC

2. First and Second Lyceums of Alexandroupolis, Alexandroupolis Greece, Wed 2009-02-11 07:43:22 UTC 36 deg

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 countries.

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 Canada).

Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO

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