[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Kawanishi Seiwadai Community Center

David J n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 3 09:42:52 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Kawanishi Seiwadai Community Center in Kawanishi, Hyogo, Japan on 6 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 07:55 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 49 seconds.


The contact will be direct between NA1SS and 8N3KS. The contact should be audible over Japan. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Japanese.


Kawanishi city is quite old and is noted for its many historical shrines, natural beauty and rich culture. The community center, established in 1987, is a regional gathering place where people engage in sport activities and cultural exchange. 



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


1. How did you feel when you entered the International Space Station after 

   the space shuttle docked with it?

2. What has been the most challenging and satisfying work you have    

   experienced in space?

3. Are you floating with your microphone while you are talking to us?

4. Why did you want to be an astronaut?

5. I've heard that the Great Wall of China can be seen from the moon. Can

   you also see buildings in Japan from the ISS?

6. Global warming has reportedly been progressing. Does the earth look 

   different from the globe you saw in your previous missions?

7. You will undergo an experiment on whether people can endure life in space

   for three months. Why did you decide to undergo such an experience even 

   though it may put your health at risk?

8. Will children be able to travel in space in the future?

9. What is the most important item that you have taken with you in your trips

   to space?

10.Have your viewpoints changed since you took your previous space journey?

   If so, please describe them.

11.What will happen if space debris or meteorites hit the ISS?

12.Can you see how the universe stretches out from the ISS?

13.Are there any events that surprised you during your space trips?

14.Viewed from the ISS, can you see the Earth rotating?

15.What's the hardest problem you had in space?

16.Can you see the aurora from space?

17.What do you think about during your space missions?

18.Have you ever seen any unidentified flying objects?

19.What's your favorite space food?

20.What would you like to do if you have free time during your long-term

   stay on the ISS?

21.Is there any star you've seen for the first time during the current space


22.Can you endure a long-term stay on the small ISS?

23.In the future, what would you like to do as an astronaut?



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


Next planned event(s):


1.    Tongfu Road No.1 Primary School, Guangzhou, Guangdong, P.R. China, Thu 11Jun09 08:24 UTC

2.    Liceo Scientifico "A.Bafile", L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy

Fri 12June09 06:52 UTC

3.    Vrije Basisschool, Terbank-Egenhoven, Heverlee, Belgium

Fri 12June09 11:38 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 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,

David - AA4KN

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