[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with High School "Léon Blum", Le Creusot, France

David H Jordan aa4kndhj at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 02:08:11 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at High School "Léon Blum", Le Creusot, France on 16 Jan. The
event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:53 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 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.

Le Creusot is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of
Bourgogne in eastern France. Formerly a mining town, its economy is now
dominated by large metallurgical companies such as ArcelorMittal, Schneider
Electric, and Alstom. In the 19th century, iron ore mines and forges around
Le Creusot generated a business in steel, railways, armaments, and

The lycée Léon Blum (Le Creusot-71) together with the lycée international
Charles de Gaulle (Dijon-21) and lycée Pierre Paul Riquet (Saint-Orens-31)
were selected after a call for projects in March 2015 by the CNES Youth
Education department for the PROXIMA mission.

The project is named CERES (after the name of ancient roman goddess of
agriculture) Thomas will grow some seeds in space as part of the CERES
educational experiment. A special cargo of mustard, lentil and radish seeds
was sent to him on the Space Station. He should water them and take
pictures at regular intervals to study how the seeds grow in space.

Students of the two partner high schools and a local elementary school are
also participating to the list of questions.

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

1.  On imagine la vie dans l'espace très différente de celle sur Terre.

    Malgré les liaisons radios, vous sentez-vous coupé de la réalité?

2.  Qu’avez-vous ressenti pendant votre sortie extravéhiculaire? Avez-vous

    peur du vide?

3.  Constatez-vous quelques changements corporels? Par exemple la

    accélérée des poils, des cheveux ou des ongles,

     ou à l'inverse une déshydratation de la peau, perte de cheveux, etc...?

4.  Y aurait-il une différence de ressenti si la station elle-même n’était

    plus en chute libre

     mais en réelle apesanteur, éloignée de toute source de gravité?

5.  Avez vous déjà réalisé notre expérience CERES sur la croissance des


     sinon quelles hypotheses ou conclusions pouvez vous déjà faire?

6.  Serait-il possible d’entretenir des cultures ou développer un jardin


     afin de subvenir à une partie des besoins nutritionnels des

7.  Pensez- vous qu'il soit possible de faire pousser dans l'espace des


    dont la plus grande partie est ici enfouie sous terre comme les

    par exemple? et des végétaux plus grands comme des arbustes?

8.  Que pensez-vous de la participation et l'implication de lycéens à des

    expériences menées dans l'espace?

9.  Pensez-vous que des expériences comme CERES pourraient être réalisées


    et permettre dans les années à venir d'éventuelles cultures sur cette

    planète pour une future colonisation?

10.  Le fait de rester plusieurs mois dans une même station avec cinq

     coéquipiers ne crée-t-il pas parfois des conflits à cause du stress?

11.  Sur Terre, l'homme est un géant de la découverte, de la technologie et

     du progrès.

     Mais, au milieu de l'univers, comment se sent-on?

12.  Les particules dues aux pluies d'étoiles filantes ont-elles des

     conséquences (même minimes)

      sur l'ISS ou peut-être même sur vous, astronautes?

13.  Quelles différences observez-vous entre les expériences réalisées sur

     Terre et dans l'Espace?

14.  Comment vous organisez vous dans l’ISS avec les autres astronautes?

     Existe-t-il un roulement pour les différents services,

       comme la préparation des repas, etc...

15.  Pouvez-vous vous vêtir comme vous le souhaitez dans la station


      Avez-vous la possibilité de laver votre linge dans l’ISS?

16.  Pensez-vous au retour sur Terre? Si oui, appréhendez-vous cet instant?

17.  Les astronautes suivent-ils (ensembles) toutes les traditions et fêtes

     de leur pays d'origine?

     (par exemple Noël le 25 décembre pour les Européens et Américains et

     7 janvier pour les Russes)

18.  J’ai toujours rêvé d’être astronaute. Quels conseils me donneriez-vous?

19.  Allez-vous réaliser des expériences dans l'ISS dans le but d’installer

     la vie sur Mars?

20.  Pensez-vous que votre génération d'astronautes ira sur Mars? Espérez-

     vous y aller vous-même?


1.  Life in space is thought to be very different from life on Earth. In

    spite of radio connections, do you ever feel you are cut off from


2.  How did you feel during your Extra-Vehicular-Activity? Did you fear the


3.  What sort of body changes can you notice on you? For instance, did you

    notice any accelerated growth or loss phenomena concerning your hairs,

    hair, nails or even any form of dehydration?

4.  Would you feel different sensations if the Space Station was not

    continuously falling around Earth, but really away from any source of


5.  Did you already start our CERES experiment about seed germination? What

    difficulties did you meet? Otherwise what hypothesis could you make on

    its potential results?

6.  Would it be possible to grow crops or develop a garden on the ISS in

    order to partially feed astronauts?

7.  Do you think it’s realistic to grow vegetables in space, considering

    their major parts are buried in the soil here on earth, such as carrots

    for instance? What about bigger size plants like trees?

8.  How do you feel about the fact that high schoolers take part in and get

    involved into space experiments?

9.  Do you think that experiments like CERES could be made on Mars and

    potential cultivation on that planet in the years to come to pave the

    for a future colonization?

10.  You are living with five other astronauts in the same station for

     several months: Could it be source of tension because of stress?

11.  Here on Earth, human beings are witnessing major scientific

     and huge technological progress. However, how do we feel in the middle

     of the universe?

12.  Do the particles triggered by meteor showers have some consequences –

     even tiny ones – on the ISS or maybe even on you as an astronaut?

13.  What differences can you make between experiments that are being

     carried out on Earth and those in space?

14.  How do you schedule activities with the other astronauts? Do you take

     turns to work on different tasks, like preparing meals?

15.  Can you dress as you want on the ISS? Can you wash your clothes there?

16.  Do you have in mind the moment you will come back on Earth? If so, do

     you feel concerned about that moment?

17.  Do the astronauts share together all the traditions and celebrations

     their own countries? Christmas for instance, which is celebrated on

     December 25th in Europe and America but on January 7th in Russia?

18.  I have always dreamt of being an astronaut. Any helpful piece of

19.  Are you going to make experiments in the ISS in order to settle life


20.  Do you think that your current generation of astronauts will go on

     Is that your personal hope?


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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), 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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