[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Ashbury College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Sun Nov 26 04:15:01 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Ashbury College, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 27 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:39 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 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.



Ashbury College is an independent academic institution in the heart of Canada's Capital. From grades 4 to 12, students are prepared for post-secondary education, all while cultivating a strong sense of community engagement, and independent learning. We are part of the International Baccalaureate program and have a deep involvement in the Round Square initiative as well as additional science and math programs. We as a school believe that our participation in the ARISS communication session with the International Space Station would provide valuable and relevant information to our students, as well as reflect our roots in Internationalism, and STEM. The students attending the broadcast will be all of the grade 9 and 10 students, as well as students in the Space and Science course and Kinesiology course.



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


1) Microgravity has shown to cause a decrease in muscle mass which can impact 

   muscle strength, endurance, contraction, and other key muscular    

   activities. What are some ways that you prevent muscular atrophy in zero    

   gravity and how do you prepare for this prior to space flight?

2) How do you adjust to a sleep cycle on the ISS (the sun sets 16 times)? How 

   do you re-adjust to a sleep cycle when you return to Earth?

3) What do you miss most about Earth while on the ISS?

4) Funding excepted, what are the obstacles to adding an artificial gravity 

   module to the ISS, considering the potential benefits astronauts could 

   receive from it during long-term space missions?

5) What was the application process like to become an astronaut? What set you 

   apart from your peers?

6) How do the plants grown on the ISS differ from those on Earth? Are there 

   any sustaining food sources?

7) What type of projects/research do you do in outer space and what is your 

   favourite experiment to work on the ISS?

8) In space, the loss of bone mass is found to be up to 10x the amount of 

   osteoporosis. On earth, one of the ways we prevent bone loss is by 

   increasing resistance training, however, there is no resistance in zero 
   gravity. How do you prepare for and cope with this bone loss in a micro-

   gravitational environment before, during and after space flight, 

   especially when you are up there for longer periods of time (i.e. 6 

   months)? Does this affect things like healing bone fractures?

9) What do you do for fun?

10) What is the most frustrating/exciting part of being an astronaut?

11) What were your first thoughts when arriving at the ISS? Any fear or just 


12) How will things be different with the new space station planned to orbit 

    the moon compared to the International Space Station?

13) How do you bathe?






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Next planned event(s):


 1. Huntley Centennial Public School, Carp, ON, Canada,  telebridge via IK1SLD

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS  

     The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli

     Contact is a go for: Tue  2017-11-28 18:46 UTC


 2. S.G.B. De La Salle, Rome, Italy and  Istituto Comprensivo Luigi Nono, Mira, 

     Italy, telebridge via W6SRJ

     The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS 

     The scheduled astronaut is  Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

     Contact is a go for: Thu 2017-11-30 08:04 UTC 


 3. Bishop Hendricken High School and its sister school, St. Mary  Academy - 

     Bay View, Warwick, RI, telebridge via IK1SLD 

     The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be IRØISS

     The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli  

     Contact is a go for: Thu 2017-11-30 17:02 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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