[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact for Delta Researchers Schools, Space Expo, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 16 08:37:33 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Delta Researchers Schools, Dutch Ministry of Education from Space Expo, Noordwijk, The Netherlands on 18 Sep. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:55 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in Dutch.


This is a regular ARISS contact arranged for Delta Researcher Schools every year as part of the commitment to DRS that ESA has entered into during the time of Andre Kuipers Delta Mission to the ISS. This agreement was made between The Ministry of Education in the Netherlands, ESA and NASA in 2004. 
It is based around the model of the NASA Explorer schools. 
The children come from Delta schools all over the Netherlands and the questions are selected after a competition. As there are now 45 Delta schools it gives a chance for all the schools to have a chance to speak to an astronaut.The children are from 10-12 years old from upper primary school level. 3 children from each school will be attending and there are 12 schools represented on this day.Twelve of the children will be trained before hand to ask the questions which this time will be in Dutch.They will each ask the question that won them the place at this event. There will be a short presentation to the children explaining to them the concept of remote communication and ham radio by an ARISS expert. There will also be information about Frank De Winne and footage of his activities on board the ISS as well as information about the ISS. These children have been involved in learning about the ISS and Human spaceflight as part of their Delta School project.

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


1.  Hoe zit het met het besturen van het ruimteschip? Hebben jullie een stuur  


    How is the spaceship steered? Do you have a steering wheel?

2.  Hoe worden meningverschillen aan boord opgelost?

    How do you resolve differences of opinion onboard?

3.  Waarom zijn ruimtepakken altijd wit?

    Why are space suits always white?

4.  Als je moet huilen, komen er dan tranen of bubbels (bellen) uit je ogen?

    When you cry in space will your tears come out as bubbles from your eyes?

5.  Kunt u vanaf uw ruimtestation Nederland en België zien?

    Can you see the Netherlands or Belgium from the space station?

6.  Wat gaat u doen als u zich verveelt?

    What do you do when you are bored?

7.  U bent heel lang in de ruimte. Hoe gaat het afval weg?

    You are a long time in space. How do you get rid of your waste (rubbish)?

8.  Wat is uw levelingseten op aarde en wat in het ISS?

    What is your favourite food on earth and in space?

9.  Wat neemt u mee de ruimte in dat niet direct nodig is?

    What do you take to space that you don't really need?

10. Is het nodig om proeven in de ruimte te doen, kan dat niet gewoon op 


    Is it necessary to do tests in space that you can just do on earth?

11. Als er zich plotseling een noodsituatie voordoet, hoe worden jullie dan 


    If there is suddenly an emergency, how can you be rescued?

12. Heeft u wel eens iets belangrijks ontdekt in de ruimte? Zo ja, wat?

    Have you discovered something really important in space? If so, what?

13. Is er daar in de ruimte een klok? En op welke tijd loopt die


    Is there a clock in space? On what time does it run?

14. Hoe zien astronauten of er ruimteschroot in de baan van de ISS aanwezig

    is? Welke maatregelen  worden genomen om een botsing te voorkomen?

    How do astronauts see if there are space debris in the path of the ISS  

    what measures are taken to prevent a collision?

15. Hoe krijg je licht in de ruimte?

    How do you get light in space?

16. Heb je in de ruimte ook verschil tussen dag en nacht?

    Is there a difference in day and night in space?

17. Wat is er anders dan tijdens uw eerste bezoek aan het ISS?

    What is different from your first visit on the ISS?

18. U moet in ISS allerlei experimenten doen die van tevoren zijn 

    afgesproken. Als u nu ineens een geweldig experiment in ISS bedenkt, mag 

    u dat dan stiekem uitvoeren? Of is dat onmogelijk?

    You have to do all sorts of experiments that are previously agreed on the  

    ISS. If a fantastic idea comes to mind would you run this experiment 

    secretly or is that impossible?



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


Next planned event(s):


1.    Vrij  Technisch Instituut Sint-Lucas, 

   Oudenaarde, Oost - Vlaanderen, 
   Belgium, Tue 22 Sep 09 13:47 UTC

2. HMS Beagle Project, Brazil, 

   Tue 22 Sep 09 18:20 UTC 

3. Cedarview Middle School, Ottawa, ON, Canada,

      Thu 24 Sep 09 19:07 UTC


   4. WHEELS Idaho Historical Museum (Garfield Elementary),  Boise, ID 

      Thu 24 Sep 09 20:34 UTC 
   5. Houya  Elementary School, Nishitokyo, Japan, 
      Sat 26 Sep 09 09:28 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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