[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Christ The King School, Rutland, Vermont

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Tue Feb 2 18:22:58 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Christ The King School, Rutland, Vermont on 4 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:28 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 NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.



Christ The King School is a PK-8 Catholic school in the city of Rutland, VT. The school has a population of 150 students and 17 teachers. Since 1886, Christ The King School (CKS) has dedicated itself to the principles of Catholic education, with academic excellence and community service being the hallmarks of our school. CKS is committed to incorporating technology in the classroom, with every class now having interactive white boards and internet access, middle school students each having access to a chrome book, and the school having a fully equipped computer lab. In 2015, the school received the Innovations in Catholic Education National Award for its implementation of exemplary, innovation programs to improve the teaching and learning of their students, faculty, and staff. Three of our students were chosen to be participants in the NASA Girls and NASA Boys summer program in 2014 and 2015. One of our retired school volunteers is a former Goddard Spaceflight Center Education Specialist and current Vermont Solar System Ambassador who helps insure that the students are able to take advantage of all the wonderful educational resources and opportunities available to them through the various NASA Education Programs. Our mission is to promote our Catholic faith through instruction, prayer, and service to others, assist our parents in their role as primary educators, and create a student-centered program in a structured academic environment that nurtures the development of the whole child.


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


1.  Do stars, sun and moon look different in outer space?

2.  What technological benefits have been developed due to work on the I.S.S?

3.  How do you mentally prepare for going into space knowing all the risks?

4.  What experiments are you currently conducting on the I.S.S.?

5.  How were you chosen to be an astronaut?

6.  What physical training do you perform to prepare for spaceflight?

7.  What were your 1st thoughts when you first boarded the I.S.S.?

8.  When did you start getting interested in becoming an astronaut?

9.  What are some risks you encounter on the I.S.S.?

10.  How long does it take to reach the I.S.S.?

11.  Are you currently eating food grown on the I.S.S. Garden Experiment?

12.  What advice would you give to a middle school student interested in    

     becoming an astronaut?

13.  What motivates astronauts to go into space and what do you hope to  


14.  Do your sleep patterns change in space?

15.  Are there any activities on the ISS you can do that mimic gravity?

16.  What is the most exciting experience you have had on the I.S.S.?

17.  How do you maintain your physical condition while in space?

18.  What kind of things do you do with your free time?

19.  Do you worry about space junk hitting the ISS?

20.  How many days have you been in space, and do you ever get bored?







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Next planned event(s):

   1.  Gesmundo Moro Fiore" Secondary School, Terlizzi, Italy,  telebridge 

       via LU1CGB

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

        The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

        Contact is a go for: Sat Feb. 6, 2016   09:09 UTC 


  2.  Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, UK, direct via GB1RMS

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be GB1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

       Contact is a go for: Thu Feb. 11, 2016  18:11 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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