[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Atlanta Science Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

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Mon Mar 7 16:59:56 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants Atlanta Science Festival, Atlanta, Georgia

on 08 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:11 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 K6DUE. The contact should be audible over portions of the east 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 Atlanta Science Festival, launched in 2014, is an annual, weeklong celebration of local science and technology. Approximately 45,000 curious people of all ages explore the science and technology unique to Atlanta and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives in a variety of hands on activities, facility tours, presentations, and performances throughout the metro Atlanta region. The ARISS radio contact will be a highlight of the 2016 Atlanta Science Festival, which enhances our objective to connect the public with STEM professionals and launch the   dreams of thousands of young Atlantans toward careers in STEM and innovation.  The students participating in our proposed ARISS contact event will be comprised of teachers and students from the 12 metro Atlanta region public school districts and local independent schools.  The opportunity both to learn about space science and radio technology and to connect students in conversation with an astronaut in space would yield a powerful event that is both inspirational and educational.



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


1.  What inspired you to become an astronaut?

2.  What kinds of things are you hoping to discover on this mission?

3.  How have you handled emergencies or unexpected events while working on 

    the International Space Station?

4.  What would you say is the most useful invention that you have had to use 

    on the International Space Station?

5.  While on the International Space Station, what is your favorite thing 

    that you have seen so far?

6.  When preparing your spacesuit for a spacewalk, do you attach different 

    tools to it based on the assigned mission?

7.  Have you ever seen anything that has made you think that there is 

    possibly other life in outer space?

8.  What was the greatest disappointment you had to face in space?

9.  How long does it take to become and astronaut and what process do you 

    have to go through?

10.  What are your thoughts during your first ten seconds of flight?

11.  How do you exercise while in space?

12.  When in space, what do you do in your free time?

13.  What type of gear to your need to remain safe in space? What protocols 

     do you have in place if your gear malfunctions?

14.  What are the risks of having space debris aimed at the space stations? 

     How does it affect normal operations?

15.  With problems such as poverty and global warming going on in the world, 

     why do you feel that it is important to fund space exploration?

16.  What did you do to mentally prepare for your trip to space?

17.  On your first mission to space, how nervous were you?

18.  What was the most difficult part of your astronaut training?

19.  How does it feel when you complete a mission?

20.  If space travel was open to the general public, what would be a pro and 

     a con for public participants?





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Next planned event(s):


   1.  North Dakota Space Grant  Consortium (NDSGC), Grand Forks, North    

       Dakota, telebridge via W6SRJ

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Tim Kopra KE5UDN

       Contact is a go for: Thu 2016-03-10 19:08 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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