[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, D.C

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Thu Apr 14 15:42:25 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at USA Science and Engineering Festival, Washington, D.C

on 16 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:19 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy and adjacent areas.  Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



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


1.  What inspired you to become an astronaut?

2.  What kind of training did you receive to become an astronaut? What were 

    the hardest parts of it?

3.  What do you do in space when you are not working?

4.  How is sleeping in space different than sleeping in your bed? I read that 

    you have to be strapped into your bunk during missions.

5.  When you get off a boat, sometimes your legs are really wobbly, does 

    this happen when you come home from space? Do you have to readjust to the 

    heaviness of gravity?

6.  On Earth, we get regular check-ups to make sure we are healthy and fit 

    for school or athletics. In space, do you monitor your health, like blood 

    pressure? If so, are the machines that are used altered in any way for 

    space flight?

7.  We saw online that some of you are conducting research on headaches in 

    space. Are headaches worse in space? Do people get more of them?

8.  Do you use 3D printing in space? We have heard that you can print parts 

    to repair things that break.

9.  Do things go wrong on the Space Station? What do you do to prevent that 

    from happening?

10.  How does new technology modernize today's space flight in comparison to 

     early explorations? Does it change how data is collected, or allow for 

     better quality photographs? 

11.  How would you compare communication with your family compared to how 

     Apollo astronauts communicated with their families? How has technology 

     changed it?

12.  What are some of the problems or challenges with space? travel for 

     someone who is not physically fit? How does NASA ensure you are ready to 

     go into space?

13.  We have teams to work on our robots, solar cars, and other projects. How 

     is being on the ISS like being on a team?

14   Do the astronauts ever get mad at each other?

15.  We love Space Movies! Which movies are most accurate? What parts are 

     totally unrealistic in most movies?

16.  How long does it take to get to Mars and do you think there will be 

     anyone living there, like astronauts or scientists, in our lifetime?

17.  What was the scariest thing that has happened to you while on the Space 

     Station or while blasting off? 

18.  While flying over Washington DC, can you see any of the monuments? 

19.  When do you think the general public will be able to take a space trip? 

     How soon do you think it might be a normal thing to do?

20.  What are some of your concerns for having untrained people fly into 


21.  Have you seen anything that makes you think there might be space aliens?

22.  How many days of supplies do you always keep in reserve? 

23.  If there were a one way mission to Mars, would you try to be on that 


24.  What did you do as a kid that helped you prepare to be an astronaut? 

     Anything that you now can see was essential? 







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Next planned event(s):


   1.  St Richards Catholic College, Bexhill on Sea, UK, direct via  GB4SRC

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

        The scheduled  astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

        Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-04-18 14:56:06 UTC


   2.  STEM Trajectory Initiative with  Albuquerque Public Schools,  


        New Mexico, direct via NM5HD

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

        The scheduled astronaut is Jeff Williams KD5TVQ 

        Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-04-22 17:32:37 UTC 


   3.  Wellesley House School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK, direct via GB1WHS

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

        The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

        Contact is a go for: Sat 2016-04-23 12:10:50 UTC




ABOUT ARISS                                                             

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) is a cooperative venture of international amateur radio societies and the space agencies that support the International Space Station (ISS). In the United States, sponsors are the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (AMSAT), the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The primary goal of ARISS is to promote exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics by organizing scheduled contacts via amateur radio between crew members aboard the ISS and students in classrooms or informal education venues.  With the help of experienced amateur radio volunteers, ISS crews speak directly with large audiences in a variety of public forums.  Before and during these radio contacts, students, teachers, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio.  For more information, see www.ariss.org, www.amsat.org, and www.arrl.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN


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