[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha NE

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Fri Oct 14 05:32:48 UTC 2016

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute, Omaha NE

on 15 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:00 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 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.



Welcome to the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station contact hosted by the University of Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute.  Today, a group of scouts will serve as astronaut interviewers and will have the rare opportunity to speak with an astronaut onboard the International Space Station as it orbits about 250 miles above the surface of the Earth.  We are hosting this exciting STEM outreach event as part of the Mid America Council's Jubilee celebration and Scouting's world-wide Jamboree On The Air event. For Nebraskans, this ARISS contact is especially significant as we are only a few miles from Ashland, Nebraska, the home of Nebraska's own astronaut, Clayton Anderson. 


Throughout this weekend and the run-up to this ARISS contact, scouts have been able to explore a number of different aspects of space and amateur radio, where knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are key.  Astronaut Interviewers, who will talk with our astronaut, completed a rigorous application and review process, prior to being selected for this unique assignment.  Other activities at Jubilee have included launching straw rockets, learning about near space science through high altitude ballooning, and operating amateur radio stations to connect with other scouts around the world.  Lastly, this outreach event would not have been possible without the tremendous support from volunteers at the Mid America Council, the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Education, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, the Bellevue Amateur Radio Club, and the Peter Kiewit Institute.   



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


1.  What is your favorite thing you have seen while in space?

2.  What do you do in your free time?

3.  How does it feel being in low gravity?

4.  How long does it take to get to the Station?

5.  How often do you get to talk with your family?

6.  What does lightning look like from space?

7.  What differences in your body have you noticed since being in space?

8.  What does it feel like to lift off and rocket into space?

9.  What should I be doing now to prepare myself to be an astronaut? 

10. What long term health concerns do you have while being in space and once  

     you return?

11.  What is the one thing you miss most about Earth when you are on the ISS?

12.  What is the most difficult thing about living in space?

13.  What is the most important science mission that you've conducted so far 

     on the ISS?

14.  Why did you choose to be an astronaut?

15.  If you could do any other mission in space, what would it be?

16.  What was the most difficult part of astronaut training?

17.  How long have you been in space?

18.  How do you exercise in space?

19.  How do you eat in zero gravity?

20.  What's your favorite thing to do in your off time?







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Next planned event(s):


  1.   Howell L. Watkins Middle School, Palm Beach Gardens FL, direct via N4J

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Takuya Onishi KF5LKS 

       Contact is a go for: Mon 2016-10-17 16:08 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), 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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