[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Booker T. Washington Senior High, Miami, Florida

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Sat Mar 12 03:28:19 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Booker T. Washington Senior High, Miami, Florida on 14 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:48 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W4SVI. The contact should be audible over Florida and portions of the eastern U.S.  Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Booker T. Washington Senior School is a grade 9-12 public school within the urban school district of Miami Dade County Public Schools. It is a tuition free school, with an open admission policy. It is located in an historical area in the town of Miami, Florida. The school is a school with two magnet programs and career and technical education academies.  The school is the only high school in South Florida with a state of the art planetarium, in which astronomy themed STEM education is taught.  This planetarium is the centerpiece for the new advanced level astronomy magnet program at the school, developed by the Department of Mathematics and Science.  The astronomy magnet is the host program for this 2016 ISS Contact.  There is a strong emphasis on STEM education at the school site as of the past few years, which is a part of a reform effort to make the high school a STEM high school. The student body is made up of about 980 students from all over the Miami-Dade County area (Students outside of the general feeder pattern are can attend the high school via one of its magnet programs).  The school has about 45 classroom teachers, 24 special area teachers, five interventionist and many agencies on campus who all offer academic assistance such as tutoring and standardized testing preparation. Being one of the oldest high schools in the county and state, the school's mission is to envision the future while recapturing the past, which creates a formula for success.



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


1.   What was the biggest issue you've encountered during a mission on the  


2.   How do you maintain the ISS in terms of new technology?

3.   If someone wanted to travel to space how would they prepare? 

4.   How is your breathable oxygen maintained on the ISS?

5.   After being in space for so long, what is it like when you get back to 


6.   Have you considered the possibility that you could die in space or   

     'enroute' to space? 

7.   Do humans age differently in space compared to on Earth?

8.   What are the advantages and disadvantages of being in space?

9.   How would you respond to an incident like a fire aboard the ISS (beyond 

     using a standard fire extinguisher)?

10.  Are there any technical routines you need to adhere to every morning 

     when you wake up?

11.  While exercising in space does your muscle mass develop differently?

12.  Is there a particular area of the planet you always see when you 

     pass/cross the ascending node or descending node within your orbit 

     around the Earth?

13.  Did you take into consideration your family's feelings before going on 

     your mission to space?

14.  What is your hygiene routine on the ISS?

15.  Since there are no hospitals in space is the crew medically trained if 

     someone gets sick?

16.  How often do you conduct space walks?

17.  When conducting a spacewalk how do you get back into the ISS?

18.  How to you prevent yourself from moving too far out during a spacewalk?

19.  Does the ISS have probes to collect telemetry such as space gas 

     composition and concentration?

20.  How do you slow down enough to dock the Soyuz on the ISS? 






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Next planned event(s):


      1.  Walter Jackson Elementary, Decatur, Alabama, direct via N8DEU

          The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS 

          The scheduled astronaut is Timothy Peake KG5BVI

          Contact is a go for: Fri 2016-03-18 13:53 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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