[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Antietam Elementary School, Woodbridge, VA

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Sun Dec 10 15:12:49 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Antietam Elementary School, Woodbridge, VA on 11 Dec. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:30 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KM4TAY. The contact should be audible over the state of Viginia 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.


We are the Mustangs of Antietam Elementary school. We are a public school located in Prince William County, Virginia, just south of Washington, DC. We are a newly recognized IB-PYP school with 670 students from PK-5th grade. We have 30 classrooms and 60 staff members. Our mission is to encourage our diverse learners to be cooperative, courageous, open-minded and reflective thinkers through a standards-based, world class education focused on academic excellence. During their school experiences, Antietam students engage in learning activities which foster collaboration among peers, families and faculty; cultivate a mindset of inquiry at an international level; and, inspire service in their local and global community. We have many clubs here at our school which our students enjoy. Among them is our ham radio club called Ham-tietam with about 30 student members. We are an active and creative school with many students excited about our contact with the International Space Station. 



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


1. What time zone are you in when you are in space, or do you just have to 

   keep switching the clock every time you enter a different time zone?

2. Has the ISS ever been hit by an asteroid?

3. What's your favorite part of being in space?

4. Who or what inspired you to go into space?

5. Do you ever get tired of the food you have to eat in space?

6. What kind of games or things do you do in space besides exercise that keep 

   you occupied?

7. When you take off from the Earth, how high do you have to be for the 

   boosters to fall off?

8. What is it like when you are first in space and when you finally get back 

   to Earth?

9. How can you get different types of communication in space? Do satellites 

   go around the whole Earth?

10. Do you get tired of sleeping on the wall?

11. How long did it take you to get to space?

12. How long did it take to build the ISS?

13. Can you see snow from space?

14. What do you like to do best with no gravity?

15. How many miles does the space station travel in a day?

16. Where do you keep your food, how do you keep It cold, and does it float 


17. How many years can you be an astronaut?

18. Do you get to see the sun rise and set?

19. How do you know when it's day time or night time?





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Next planned event(s):


1.  Summa-Aldapeta, Donostia-San  Sebastián, Spain, direct via EG2SMA 

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled  to be OR4ISS 

     The scheduled astronaut is Joe Acaba KE5DAR

     Contact is a go  for: Tue 2017-12-12 13:01 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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