[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Mugegawa Junior High School, Seki, Gifu, Japan

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jul 8 13:16:20 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Mugegawa Junior High School, Seki, Gifu, Japan on 11 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:15 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 53 seconds.


The contact will be direct between NA1SS and 8J2ISS. The contact should be audible over areas within the ISS path. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


This ARISS school contact will involve all 65 third grade students at the school. The students have studied intently about space and relating physics in conjunction with the Gifu University in preparation for this contact. JAXA has also been very instrumental in helping to ensure the students are well prepared for this event. 



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


1.  What will happen if a judo wrestler makes one arm shoulder throw?

2.  Do you see phases of the earth like the moon from there?

3.  Do you think you can create a forest in the space similar to the earth?

4.  Will it be possible to burn things in space in the near future?

5.  Can photosynthesis take place in the ISS if there were some air?

6.  Can cutting onion make you cry?

7.  How will a bamboo-copter fly in the ISS?

8.  What is the strangest thing in your space life?

9.  Can you see lights in the night side of the earth?

10. Can you see deforestation on the environment?

11. Can you produce oxygen when you mix manganese dioxide and oxydol

    together in the ISS? 

12. What will happen if you blow bubbles there?

13. Do you think, in the future, you can get rid of debris in the space?

14. Is there anything you can see from there which can not be seen from here?

15. Can a baby grow in space?

16. Can you tell if the ice around the North Pole is melting faster than


17. What do you think is the sun's apparent magnitude from there?

18. Do you jerk backwards when you sneeze?

19. Is it true that space can make you lose the sense of taste?

20. Do you feel the importance of water when you see the earth?

21. Do you feel any pressure changing during the mission outside ISS?

22. Is radio an attractive communication tool to you?

23. How do you prevent harmful rays from the sun in space without air?

24. What is the highest and lowest temperature outside the ISS?

25. What was your first impression about the space?



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


Next planned event(s):


1.        Technopolis, Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium, Sat 11July09, 12:35:33 UTC

2.        Euro Space Center, Air and Space Day, Transinne, Belgium,  Sun  

       12July09, 14:08:41 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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