[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with South Street School, Danbury CT

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 26 04:07:14 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at South Street School, Danbury CT on 27 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:50 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.



There are two schools participating in this event; South Street Elementary School and Westside Middle School Academy (WMSA).


Westside Middle School Academy offers students a unique opportunity to partake in rigorous hands-on activities. There are two academies at Westside, STEM and Global Studies. In the STEM academy, students take part in engineering projects such as building small paper boats, designing escape pods and launching weather balloons. Students also participate in the Connecticut Invention Convention and Connecticut State Science Fair. Teamwork is essential at Westside. Our teachers encourage us to go beyond our limits and to give our best effort. In addition, Westside has a culture of safety, respect and responsibility (S R 2), which ensures that all students are learning in a safe environment. Finally, the diversity of our school community enhances the learning experience for all students.


South Street School is one of 13 elementary schools in the city of Danbury.  The staff of South Street prides themselves on the diversity of the school as it compares to the rest of the district as well as the state.  The state average for Hispanic students making up the school population is 22.1%, South Street boasts a solid 64.5% Hispanic population.  The "Melting Pot" community that is found at the school allows for an incredible mix of background experiences, cultural traditions and a wealth of different styles of learning.  The majority of students gets to and from school by walking with their families or friends and the sense of community and family is strongly felt in the school and the surrounding areas.   Students at South Street thrive in an environment that emphasizes inquiry based 



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


>From South Street

1. What is the most difficult part of your job?

2. What type of microorganisms are dangerous in space?  What micro-organisms 

   are important and needed in space?

3  What type of medical testing does and astronaut have to go through to be  

   physically and mentally fit for duty?

4. Did you always want to be an astronaut, or is it something you came to as 

   part of a different career?

5. Does it bother you that you cannot see your family in space?

6. What was it like to leave the Earth's atmosphere, how did it feel?

7. How long can a human stay in space?

8. How are you able to get internet in space and send information back and  

   forth to Earth?


>From WSMA

9. How do you handle Major Medical emergencies such as a broken arm or a  

    heart attack?

10. Do you have medical equipment besides a first aid kit?

11. Can you alter the procedure of an experiment?

12. Are you limited in the types of experiment? Such as doing an experiment 

    with open fire?

13  Do astronauts work only on experiments that suit his/her specialty?

14. Do all the astronauts sleep at the same time?

15. How do you overcome the language barrier aboard the ISS?

16. Do astronauts have specific chores aboard the ISS?

17. Is there different types of weather in space?  How does the temperature 

    change during the time you are there?

18. Is time different in space?  How do you figure out what time it is on 


19. What is the emergency procedure if debris were going to hit the space 


20. What time zone is the ISS on?







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Next planned event(s):


   1. Cours Saint Maur, Monaco, Monaco, telebridge via LU1CGB

       The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

       The scheduled astronaut is Thomas Pesquet KG5FYG

       Contact is a go for: Wed 2017-02-01 09:30:57 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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