[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Hay, NSW, Australia

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed May 30 20:41:23 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Hay, NSW, Australia on 01 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:44 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK6MJ. 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 English.


St Mary's Catholic Primary School in Hay, NSW has offered a sound academic education in the Catholic Tradition since it was established in 1883 by the Presentation Sisters. We are part of the Catholic Education System of the Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes and in 2004 have an enrolment of 102 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 in six small classes ranging from 13 to 21 students per class, ensuring close individual attention for each student. As a school community we work together to provide a safe, happy and welcoming school environment for students, staff and parents.



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


1.  When you sleep, do you have to float?

2.  Do you have to be careful of crashing into asteroids?

3.  Do you use electrical cords with power points in space?

4.  How do moon buggies stay on the moon?

5.  How do you get to speak to your family?

6.  Do you get visitors on the ISS?

7.  What do you love about being on the ISS and what is your favourite 


8.  Do you always have to wear a special suit?

9.  How long do you stay in the Space Station?

10. Do you get to go outside the Space Station, is it scary?

11. Why did you want to go into space?

12. Do the constellations such as the Southern Cross look the same in space 

    as they do on earth?

13. Has there ever been an emergency on the ISS and what happens if there is 


14. What is the most dangerous or risky thing that has happened to you?



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


Next planned event(s):


   1. Kawatinagano Higashi Junior High School, Kawatinagano, Japan,  direct 

      via TBD

      Wed, 06 June 2012, 11:18 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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