[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, Texas

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Sun Oct 9 14:01:55 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Stephen F. Austin Elementary School, Brazosport ISD, Jones Creek, Texas on 10 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:46 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 VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over portions of 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.



Stephen F. Austin is a STEM academy located in Jones Creek, Texas on the Gulf Coast. It serves students in pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade. Its mission is to develop and empower the whole student with the capacity to excel in an ever-changing world. Its teachers believe that all children can learn, given the proper time and resources. Its ultimate goal is to nurture students into productive, prepared and highly functional citizens.



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


1.  What dream or desire did you have that made you want to be an astronaut?

2.  How long did you have to train before going to the ISS?

3.  Is it more important to be physically or mentally prepared for outer 


4.  What happens if a crew member needs medical attention not available on 

    the ISS?

5.  What is the most challenging part about staying on the ISS?

6.  What is the most important thing astronauts do to help the Earth?

7.  What happens to your bones when you return to Earth?

8.  What do you find most interesting about space?

9.  What do you do if something, such as a meteorite, hits the ISS?

10.  Does blood rush to your head when you are upside down, and how does it 


11.  How does living and working in space affect your life upon returning 


12.  Do you ever get motion sickness with having less gravity in space?

13.  Do you ever lose power on the ISS, and if so how do you regain it?

14.  What kind of degrees do you have to have to be an astronaut?

15.  How does your body react when you come back to Earth?

16.  How do you shower on the ISS?

17.  What happens if something malfunctions like the tracking system or radio 

     on the ISS?

18.  How does your job from the ISS continue once you return to Earth?

19.  What is the coolest thing you have done in space?

20.  What sensations do you notice when you first return to Earth?

21.  What do you do in your spare time on the ISS?

22.  What experiments do you do on the ISS?

23.  How does NASA or other space agencies send satellites into space?

24.  How many hours does it take for a satellite to orbit the Earth?

25.  What's the longest time you can be in space before it hurts your body 

     too much?

26.  What are the different jobs you can do in space?

27.  What is the point of going to the ISS?

28.  Does the food you eat help your bones stay strong?

29.  How do you collect samples of things in space and bring them back to 


30.  What kind of people make good astronauts?

31.  Are there ever animals on the ISS?







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Next planned event(s):


    1.  University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha NE,     

        telebridge via VK4KHZ

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS

        The scheduled astronaut is Kate Rubins KG5FYJ

        Contact is a go for:  Sat 2016-10-15 14:00:08 UTC 29  deg




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), the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and  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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