[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with St. Louis Charter School, St. Louis, Missouri

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Mon Nov 8 16:41:57 PST 2010

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at St. Louis Charter School, St. Louis, Missouri on 11 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:08 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.


The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W0SRC. The contact should be audible over portions of the Middle U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.


St. Louis Charter School is a tuition-free, publicly funded school which runs independently of the local school district. We currently serve 940 students from the City of St. Louis in grades Kindergarten through 8th. St. Louis Charter School is sponsored by University of Missouri St. Louis and is governed by a Board of Directors. This is St. Louis Charter School's 11th year of serving the children and parents of St. Louis City. St. Louis Charter School is the first charter school in Missouri to receive a 10 year charter renewal and was a recipient of the 2010 Missouri School of Character Award. In 2010, our graduates were accepted to 18 competitive entrance high schools. 


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


1.  Where exactly are you in space right now?

2.  How does zero gravity effect the way food tastes?

3.  Have you ever ran into any difficulties or challenges since you've been 

    in space?

4.  Do you see space trash very often? If so, what does it look like?

5.  What are some jobs you have on board the ISS?

6.  For how long have you been in space?

7.  When you look out your window, what are some features that you see in 


8.  How does the space shuttle sound and feel once you blast off?

9.  Are you able to listen to music while on board the ISS?

10. What career would you have taken on if you had not become an astronaut?

11. What types of food do you eat on board the ISS?

12. Do ipods and mp3 players work in space?

13. If you can, please describe what a shooting star looks like from space.

14. Do you ever get to go down to Earth to visit family?

15. How does the effect of no gravity change your body weight?

16. What are a few things that you miss most about the United States?

17. How far away are you from Earth?

18. How do you stay in good physical shape?

19. Since you've been in space, have you located any new planets?

20. What planets, if any, can you see from where you are in space?

21. What types of tests do you have to pass to make sure you are ready to go 

    into space?

22. What is the most surprising thing about space?

23. How does it feel to wander around space with zero gravity?

24. What is the scariest thing you've done in space?

25. Are there any strange smells on board the ISS?

26. What is one thing you want to accomplish in space before your last 


27. How do you maintain proper hygiene?

28. How do you communicate with your family while you're on the ISS?

29. How does the Sun look from where you are stationed in space?

30. How does it feel waking up each day, knowing that you're in space?

31. What challenges have you had to face while preparing for ISS travel?

32. Can you see the Great Wall of China? If so, what does it look like? 



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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