[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with ESA Space Camp 2016, Lenk, Switzerland

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Fri Jul 22 01:28:41 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at ESA Space Camp 2016, Lenk, Switzerland on 25 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:46 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 W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The ESA Space Camp is a summer camp organized by the European Space Agency at KUSPO, "Kurs und Sportzentrum" in Lenk, Switzerland. The activity is part of an educational program. Children at the camp will have 2 weeks of space education and this event will be a highlight for making ARISS contact with an astronaut in space.

The education program will cover the themes of space and exploration in particular looking at Rosetta final operations as well as planet Earth and its uniqueness in the universe. Children will receive a lesson based around how we communicate with the crew on the ISS from a ham radio expert.

Local media and authorities are involved, also with the support of the camp provider.



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


1.  If one astronaut is very ill, can a "space-ambulance" be sent to bring 

    the astronaut back to earth?

2.  How do you clean the air of the ISS

3.  I would like to know if a person with severe hearing problem who is 

    equipped with the cochlear implant, like me, is able to become astronaut. 

    Thank you.

4.  Once you are in the ISS, which part of the Earth you like the most to fly     

    over and why?

5.  What physical changes do you notice with your body whilst you are in 


6.  Is it necessary to have medical knowledge to become Astronaut? Because 

    you shall give yourself an injection!

7.  Since the astronauts on board of ISS see many sunrises and sunsets every 

    day, how do they cope with sleeping and day/night cycles?

8.  What is the most interesting thing on Earth that you have seen from 


9.  What is going through your mind during launch?

10.  For how long do the supplies in food and oxygen last on board the ISS?

11.  In case of a vital emergency issue inside the ISS that requires the 

     evacuation of the ISS, which are your escape options? Was it ever used 

     for real in the past?

12.  How do you feel when you go to work outside the space station?

13.  If you knew that going to space was dangerous, why did you decide to go?

14.  What is the first thing you want to do when you arrive back to Earth?

15.  When you go out of the station to repair something for instance, what 

     would happen if the cable connecting to the ISS break? What does the 

     crew in the station have to do to avoid that you go in deep space?

16.  Have you ever thought of the dangers that can happen in your space 


17.  What is the most exciting part of the travel to the ISS?

18.  What do you typically do during your free time at ISS? And do you ever 

     get bored?

19.  How much sport do you have to practice to keep muscle toned and avoid 

     bones degradation?

20.  Do the astronauts onboard the ISS have the meals together?

21.  Have you ever felt loneliness or have you ever been afraid of staying 

     outside in the space?

22.  What happens if an astronaut gets a cavity (toothache) when at the 







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Next planned event(s):

  1.   Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL, telebridge via IK1SLD

       The  ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS

       The scheduled astronaut is  Jeff Williams KD5TVQ

       Contact is a go for: Wed 2016-07-27 19:59:27 UTC 



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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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