[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School, Rockwall, TX

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Sat May 13 16:47:51 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School, Rockwall, TX

on 15 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:28 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 W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west 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.



Reinhardt, the third elementary school in Rockwall ISD, was built in 1984 and quickly established a tradition of educational excellence and leadership. Reinhardt consistently achieves the highest state rating for student performance as they educate kindergarten through sixth grade students. The school was named in honor of veteran Rockwall teacher, Virginia Anderson Reinhardt. As in past generations, Reinhardt "Rocket" students strive to become young people that act on quality principles for the betterment of their community. The school currently has 565 students and 50 employees. A few distinction designations include; academic achievement in science, top 25% closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. The mission statement of Virginia Reinhardt Elementary School is "to ensure that all Reinhardt children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate in social, economic and educational opportunities now and in the future.



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


1. Where do you put on clothes since your space is so tiny?

2. What do you do if you get sick?

3. Have many space explorations have you made outside the ISS and what did 
   you do?

4. Have you ever had an emergency situation in space?

5. What happens when you cry in space?

6. How do your recycling systems work on the ISS?

7. How do you control the ISS?

8. Who is responsible for controlling the ISS?

9. What kinds of research do you conduct aboard the ISS?

10. What is your favorite experiment that you have done?

11. Why did you choose to be an astronaut?

12. What health requirements do you have to meet to be an astronaut?

13. What do you do in your spare time while onboard the ISS?

14. What is the hardest part about being an astronaut?

15. You go through a lot of training for your journey, was there anything you 

    were not prepared for?

16. Do preservatives on food have the same effect in space as they do on 


17. How does zero gravity affect your digestion?

18. How do the language barriers affect your work on the ISS?

19. When you are back on earth, what will you miss about the ISS?






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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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