[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with STEM Trajectory Initiative with Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Wed Apr 20 15:42:19 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at STEM Trajectory Initiative with Albuquerque Public Schools,  Albuquerque, New Mexico on 22 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:32 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and NM5HD. The contact should be audible over New Mexico, USA 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.



Valley High School (VHS) is one of twelve high schools in the Albuquerque Public School (APS) district.  It is physically located at 1505 Candelaria Road N.W., Albuquerque, New Mexico, and our elevation is 4976 feet. Valley HS is one of the "oldest' high schools in Albuquerque, established in the summer of 1954 with their first graduating class of 1955.  "Back in the day" students would walk or ride a horse to school as the HS had stables, an active farm, and taught ranching along with the a variety of academic programs. 


Today, VHS is leading APS in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Our STEM programs include amateur radio, model rocket (both low and high powered), underwater robotics, radio controlled aircraft, high altitude balloon flights, and unmanned aerial vehicles (small drone helicopters). 

Currently VHS has 1,371 students enrolled, 150 faculty on staff.  Our school colors are Maroon and Gold.  Our mascot is the Scandinavian Viking.


On Friday, April 22nd 2016, APS along with VHS, West Mesa HS, Garfield MS, John Adams MS, and Carlos Ray ES will make radio contact with the ISS using an Amateur Radio station.  The students and staff of all these schools with to express our sincere thanks to NASA team, ISS crew, and ARRL for making this radio contact possible. On behalf of the U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC program, APS, and all our STEM students and staff we welcome this contact with the Land of Enchantment.  



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


1.   What is the most interesting or amazing thing you have seen in space? 

     Would you relive the moment if you had the chance?

2.   How many times a week do you exercise and what types of exercises do you 

     do to keep your body strong?

3.   You have been testing how mice embryos react to micro gravity as they 

     develop.  From these results, can a woman have a successful pregnancy in 

     these conditions?  

4.   How does being in space affect your ability to digest food and absorb 

     nutrition from your meals?  Does micro gravity have any effect on 

     peristalsis and the normal function of the digestive system?

5.   What kind of medical testing do astronauts go through to be physically 

     and mentally qualified as an astronaut?  

6.   What types of systems & procedures are available onboard to rescue a 

     crewman who becomes detached from tether while on an extravehicular 


7.   What are the current priorities and scientific studies underway for 

     Mission 45?  Are you working on studies that are crucial to the planned 

     Mars missions?

8.   What procedures are in place in case of major illness or injury to a 

     crew member while on orbit?  Is it possible to evacuate a sick or 

     injured crewman in an emergency?

9.   Do you think the work you are doing is worth the risk of being in 

     space?  If so, to what end are these efforts.

10.    Is there any difference in radiation exposure between time spent in  

       EVA and your time inside the space station? 

11.    There are lots of debris in orbit from previous missions to space, and 

       space junk is real threat the ISS. What processes or procedures are in 

       place to protect the ISS from space debris? 

12.    How much of a chance is there for the ISS to get hit with a meteorite, 

       and what would you do if this were to happen? 

13.    What is the most interesting experiment that you are currently working 


14.    How long can you stay in zero gravity before it affects your body?  

       What kind of effect does this have over time?  

15.    Once back on earth, how long of an adjustment period is needed for the 

       body to return to normal?  






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Next planned event(s):


  1.  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 

      Watch for HamTV coverage 


  2.  The Derby High  School, Bury, UK, direct via GB1DHS

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be GB1SS

      The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

      Contact is a  go for: Mon 2016-04-25 12:02:27 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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