[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with the Cavett Kids Foundation's Camp Cavett, OU Medical Center, Kingston, OK

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Jul 6 06:49:10 PDT 2010

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Cavett Kids Foundation's Camp Cavett, OU Medical Center,  Kingston, OK on 08 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 20:35 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.


The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W5PAA. The contact should be audible over the central U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


The Cavett Kids Foundation's mission is to provide a forum of support through various camps, events and programs for children with life-threatening or chronic illnesses while promoting character, coping skills and connection. Camp Cavett is the largest camp that takes 160 kids from all walks of life with all kinds of medical problems and uses the setting at Lake Texoma to promote the character, coping and connections needed to overcome their obstacles. This setting provides an informal forum for dialogue among kids and medical personnel. They build understanding about their disease processes; they learn interpersonal skills and self-care; and they identify actions steps to deal with their social needs.

Character, increased self-esteem and self-confidence are the results of the education process entwined in camp activities. When campers return home, they are empowered to manage their diseases and their lives more completely.

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


1.  How difficult is it to move around with no gravity?
2.  What decisions in life have helped get you to here?
3.  Do you become frightened at anytime and what do you do?
4.  How do you clean or shower in space?
5.  How is your food cooked or prepared?
6.  What do you do for relaxation?
7.  What kind of clothing do you wear most of the time?
8.  How do you go to the washroom in space?
9.  What made you want to become an astronaut?
10. After you decided to become an astronaut, how long did it take you to get  

11. At what stage in your life did you decide you wanted to be an astronaut?
12. How do you drink in space because there is no gravity in space?
13. What happens to all the waste from the space station?
14. When you are in space are you ever nervous about anything?
15. What is the temperature outside the space station?
16. What was the most surprising and fascinating thing about your first space 

17. How does it feel when you see the earth from the space station?
18. Does weightless condition have any side effects on your system?
19. How did you start your career as an astronaut?
20. How do you make sure you have enough oxygen? 
21. What has this experience taught you?



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


Next planned event(s):



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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