[amsat-bb] Upcomng ARISS contact with Saint Joseph School, Ronkonkoma, NY

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Thu May 18 03:43:03 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Saint Joseph School, Ronkonkoma, NY on 22 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:35 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.



St. Joseph School is a Nursery through 8th grade private Catholic school operating within the Rockville Centre Diocese. It is located in the town of Ronkonkoma, NY in Suffolk County, Long Island. The school follows a Christian based curriculum with a strong STEM component, developed around the NYS Common Core Curriculum. The philosophy of St. Joseph School is to provide for the education, growth and development of the whole child, while meeting the needs of the individual within a Christian atmosphere centered in Christ. The student body is made up of 209 students from all over Suffolk County. There are 35 faculty members consisting of teachers, aides, and administrative staff who uphold the school mission to educate children spiritually, physically, and socially while promoting academic excellence.



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


1. If you could go back in time and say something to your pre-astronaut self, 

   what would it be?

2. Do you perceive time going slower or faster in space or is it about the 

   same as it is on Earth?

3. When in space do you miss the everyday sounds on earth and what do you do 

   to compensate on the ISS?

4. Do you think there is room for fear and doubt while aboard the ISS?

5. You are one of very few people who have had the chance to experience what 

   it is like in outer space. Other than talking, how would you explain your 

   experience using another mode, (such as art or music?)

6. How important are EVAs for astronauts in having an understanding about 

   living and maneuvering in an environment such as Mars.

7. How has your experience affected your beliefs? Has it increased your 


8. If you could be the first person to achieve anything in terms of space 

   exploration, what would it be?

9. What have you witnessed from your perspective of Earth, and how has that 

   impacted you personally?

10. If technology on the ISS was available 20 years ago, where do you think 

    the space program would be today?

11. Have you ever needed to use Amateur radio to compensate for a problem in 

    the primary communication system?

12. From what you have learned, what advice would you give to the planners of 

    the Mars Mission, which could put humans in space for a year and a half?

13. How does spending time with astronauts with different cultural 

    differences impact your daily life on the ISS?

14. Now that you've been in space, is there anything you wish to have or wish 

    to be invented that would make living on the ISS better?

15. What discoveries in the space program have helped people on Earth the 


16. Do the astronauts ever argue with each other, and if so, what about?

17. How does your view of the Earth impact your perspective of humanity?

18. What is the most extraordinary thing you have seen out the window so far?

19. What other things would you want on the ISS to improve quality of life 

    and the ability to study space?

20. If you could live in space for an extended period of time, do you think 

    it would be hard to get back to earth life, and what would you have the 

    most difficulties with?






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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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