[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Samuel Hearne Secondary School, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Oct 20 11:42:40 PDT 2009

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Samuel Hearne Secondary School, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada on 23 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:27 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


Samuel Hearne Secondary School is a grades 7-12 school of 400 students located in Canada's beautiful Western Arctic and part of the Mackenzie Delta.  Our community, Inuvik (the place of man) is situated on the banks of the Mackenzie River and very close to the Arctic Ocean.  Inuvik is the economic hub of the Western Arctic with a population of 3,500 people.  We are the home to rich languages and cultures of the Inuvialuit and Gwich'in. We are strong and hearty people enduring winter temperatures that regularly drop below 40degrees Celsius. Our claim to fame is living in the land of the midnight sun where we receive many days of 24 hours of sunlight in the summer.  


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

1.  How much energy do the solar panels generate?
2.  Where does the station get most of its oxygen from?
3.  How do you think your body will feel when you return to earth after 6  

    months in space?
4.  How does it feel like when you blast up into space?
5.  Have you had any interesting discoveries you would like to share with the 

    people on earth?
6.  Are there fitness requirements for you as an astronaut?
7.  Have there been a lot of women aboard the space station in the past?
8.  Can you describe what it feels like to be in space?
9.  Are there common sicknesses astronauts catch while in space?
10. How do you keep balance in space with no gravity?
11. What were your first thoughts when you saw space?
12. What is the most beautiful thing you've seen in space?
13. Why is it important to have a team of astronauts in space?
14. What would happen if you got injured up there?
15. What happens when you get sick in space?
16. Do you ever crave fast food?
17. Have you experienced any emotional stress either during the preparation 

    for or on your journey to space? 
18. Will your body feel heavier to you when you come back? 
19. What is your background in education? 
20. Can you feel your brain floating around in your head when you're in 

21. Does space affect the way your brain controls your motor functions?
22. Can I eat meat in space like I do on earth?


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


Next planned event(s):


1. Belayr Pathfinders, Dartmouth, NS, Canada, 

   Sat 24 Oct 09 15:12 UTC 

2. Copernicus Science Centre, Warsaw, Poland, 

   Tue 27 Oct 09 09:33 UTC 

3. Sherbrooke Community School, Sassafras, Victoria, 

   Wed 28 Oct 09  07:13:34 UTC 

4. David Thompson Middle School, Calgary, AB, Canada,  

   Fri 30 Oct 09  21:12 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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