[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with United Space School, Seabrook, Texas

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sun Aug 2 21:23:47 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at United Space School, Seabrook, Texas on 5 August. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:52 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible over parts of eastern Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


 United Space School is a two-week program arranged by the Foundation for International Space Education. This summer, 31 students between the ages of 16 and 18, from 15 countries, are working in teams to design a human mission to Mars. The teams are: Yellow (Mission Control on the Moon); Red (Getting to Mars and back); Green (Living on Mars); Blue (Working on Mars). All students are hosted by Clear Lake area families. The students will tour the Johnson Space Center and attend lectures by astronauts, scientists and engineers. 



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


1.  What is your most memorable experience while training for your journey to 

    the space station?
2.  Can you describe how it feels to take off into space?
3.  How does living in a zero-gravity environment affect your body?
4.  What do you do in your leisure time?
5.  How do you communicate with your relatives?
6.  How did you feel when you first experienced zero-g in space?
7.  What are your projects today?
8.  Is it hard being in a confined space for a long period of time, and how

    do you cope?      
9.  Which home comfort do you miss the most while you are in space?
10. How do you adjust to normal life back on Earth after such a long stay in

11. How do you keep clean during your stay on the space station?
12. When you return to Earth will you miss being able to move in any

    direction, or will it be a relief to have gravity again? 
13. Is it true that the pressurized space suits are uncomfortable to wear?
14. How long did it take you to get used to a weightless environment?
15. On average, how long does an astronaut spend on a spacewalk?
16. What is the most uncomfortable part of living on the space station?
17. If an astronaut is injured or ill in space what do you do to help?
18. How many personal items are you allowed to have in space, and what did

    you bring?


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


Next planned event(s):


   1. ESC (Euro Space Camp) in  Belgium  Thu, 06Aug09, 13:30 - 14:00 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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