[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FL

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Sat Nov 4 18:53:51 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, West Palm Beach, FL on 06 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:17 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and WS4FSC. The contact should be audible over the east coast of the U.S. 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.



South Florida Science Center and Aquarium 


The South Florida Science Center's Education team is very excited to have been selected by the ARISS program to be a contact site for the ISS this winter. Being located in Palm Beach County, the 3rd largest in Florida, has afforded us the opportunity to pull participants from all different demographics located from Boca Raton through Jupiter.  We have constructed our program for and invited participants from grades 3 - 12 to complete a 250-word essay with the topic "If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?" One essay will be chosen from participating schools to then be presented to a panel of judges at the Science Center. We believe that the diversity of participants along with the variety of excellent exhibit spaces we have to offer, including our new exhibit, Astronaut, our in-house HAM Radio Station, and our newly renovated theater will offer a great setting for the awards and ISS communication ceremony.


The Science Center has always been a hub for space science, offering public viewings and educational programs in Palm Beach's only public planetarium and observatory. This Fall, we're proud to host a brand-new exhibit on the museum circuit, Astronaut. Through hands-on and full-body displays, this revealing science exhibition investigates the reality of what it takes to be a modern-day Astronaut. Visitors can experience a rocket launch, G-forces, grow a space garden, and more! We anticipate hosting several local school groups and encourage all ARISS contest participants to see the exhibit for themselves. No matter the age, ethnicity, or educational background, we guarantee that visitors will leave this exhibit with a new respect for Astronauts. We couldn't be more honored to participate in the ARISS program and help to inspire the next generation of space explorers. 



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


1. What is the most unexpected discovery you have made when doing your 

   science experiments on the International Space Station?

2. What do you think the future of air travel will be?

3. What is your favorite thing to do in space that feels different than it 

   does here on Earth?

4. How easy or difficult is it for astronauts to adjust their body's 

   Circadian rhythms knowing that it is always dark in space?

5. If you had suddenly received orders to turn back to earth, what would be 

   the last think you do in space before you head back?

6. What experiment do you consider to be the one that has best helped us live 

   better on Earth, or one that has helped out the most with space 


7. Can we launch a rocket from space or from the moon to make it to Mars?

8. How does it feel to be at zero-gravity?

9. How does an astronaut maneuver the rocket in space?

10. How do Astronauts manage their clothing and do you do laundry in space?

11. What was your biggest fear during your mission?

12. What are the steps of becoming an astronaut?





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Next planned event(s):


      1. Liceo Statale "Ilaria Alpi", Rutigliano,  Italy, I.I.S.S. "T.Fiore-         

         C.Sylos", Terlizzi, Italy, and Liceo Scientifico  "Valdemaro 

         Vecchi", Trani, Italy 

         telebridge via VK4KHZ

         The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

         The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

         Contact is a go for 2017-11-11 11:16 UTC

         Watch for HamTV



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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