[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with TX-801st Air Force JROTC at Burleson High, Burleson, Texas

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Sat Nov 11 20:23:39 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at TX-801st Air Force JROTC at Burleson High, Burleson, Texas

on 13 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:50 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 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.



The Burleson Independent School district educates almost 12,000 students, the majority between the ages of four and nineteen.  67% of the student population is White, 22% is Hispanic, and 6% is African American.  The final 5% is a wide mix of ethnicities.  37% of the district's student population participates in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch program.  The predominant native languages are English and Spanish, but 25 other native languages are represented within the student population.


The district's vision is for every learner to graduate with 21st Century problem solving and reasoning skills so that they are ready to embrace their dynamic future in a global society.  The AFJROTC objectives include ensuring every cadet develops: an appreciation of the basic elements and requirements for national security; respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society; patriotism and an understanding of their personal obligation to contribute to national security; habits of orderliness and precision; a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, and leadership; a broad-based knowledge of the aerospace age and fundamental aerospace doctrine, basic military skills; a knowledge of and an appreciation for the traditions of the Air Force; and an interest in completing high school and pursuing higher educational goals or skills.





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


1. Do any medications you take in space affect the body differently in space    

   than they would on Earth?

2. Research shows that spending so much time in space has some damaging 

   effects to the body. Could you please describe how any effects have 

   impacted you?

3. If you could safely visit another planet, which would it be and why?

4. Being in the International Space Station and having experienced different 

   situations, How has that changed the way you see Earth and space?

5. What obstacles did you have to overcome when you first arrived to space?

6. From your experiences on the ISS, would you live on Mars if possible?

7. Would you return to space in the event of colonizing another planet? Why 

   or why not?

8. What is the impact of losing your sense of smell when in space and how 

   long does it take to come back when you return to Earth?

9. Is there anything that can be done from space to minimize the impact of 

   deadly weather events, if so what?

10. I understand that mental exercises are a big part of the candidate 

    selection process to become an astronaut, but is there any way that one 

    can really be prepared for that kind of extended isolation? Were you?

11. Did you ever dream of being an astronaut when you were young? If so, is 

    it what you dreamed it would be?

12. In regards to space trash, how much will burn up in the atmosphere and 

    how much poses a danger to the planet?

13. I know that you use Electrolysis of water to create oxygen in the space 

    shuttle, but what would happen if you ran out of water?  Is there a 

    alternate way to create oxygen?

14. What kinds of tasks has the Robonaut 2 accomplished in its tests on the 


15. Do you prefer to live in a gravitated environment or do you prefer 


16. What do you think is the most advanced modification to the ISS?

17. What are you hoping to accomplish from 3D printing things in space?

18. Can you provide an example of an experiment in space that has made a 

    major contribution to mankind?

19. Do you think the collaboration on the construction of the ISS from 

    contributing countries affected the relationships between them?






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Next planned event(s):

   1. Carmelita Manara, Milano, Italy and I.C. "Pascoli Forgione",  San Giovanni 

       Rotondo, 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: Tue 2017-11-14 10:15 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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