[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Bishop Hendricken High School and its sister school, St. Mary Academy - Bay View, Warwick, RI

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Nov 29 05:50:23 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Bishop Hendricken High School and its sister school, St. Mary  Academy - Bay View, Warwick, RI on 30 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:02 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 IR0ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.


16 students from Bishop Hendricken and its sister school, St. Mary Academy - Bay View, have been chosen to participate in the "Rhode Island Space Chat #2" after submitting questions based on the study of the ISS mission.  Hendricken will be the first high school in Rhode Island to host the ARISS event scheduled to take place in the school's Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater in front of a crowd of 350 science and technology students as well as school administrators and local dignitaries.


Founded in 1874, St. Mary Academy - Bay View, located in Riverside, Rhode Island, is an independent Catholic school serving a diverse population with more than 600 girls and young women enrolled in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.  There are opportunities for students to apply knowledge from their science, technology, engineering, art, and math coursework during internships at local companies.  Bay View students and alumnae frequently distinguish themselves through accomplishments in STEAM fields. In 2017, the Academy's Robotics Team won the Rhode Island championship in the FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics competition and went on to receive a 3rd place at the World Championship.


Bishop Hendricken High School, named for the Most Rev. Thomas F. Hendricken, first Bishop of Providence, opened its doors to 350 students in 1959. This premiere, all-boys Catholic college preparatory high school is located on 34 acres of land in Warwick, Rhode Island. With current enrollment at 940, the school offers five academic levels including a special 8th grade Honors Institute and an Options Program for students with mild to moderate developmental disabilities.


Bishop Hendricken has a rich tradition of attracting gifted scholars, artists and athletes. The school boasts over 500 National Merit and Commended Scholars and is the current home of the reigning U.S. National Academic Decathlon Champions and Rhode Island State Champions from 2011-2017.


Students pride themselves on providing over 42,000 hours of community service annually as they live out Hendricken's mission to bring each member of their community into a closer relationship with God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - through the development of the total person - heart, mind, body and soul.




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


1. How has your experience in space affected your personal faith or beliefs?

2. How does zero gravity impact the sound of a stringed instrument like a 


3. Does cell growth become stunted, accelerated, or simply remain constant in 


4. How is vaccine drug discovery improved in your microgravity environment 

   versus a pharmaceutical research lab on Earth?

5. What results from space station research have yielded the greatest impact 

   on Earth?

6. How does long exposure to microgravity impact an astronaut's eyesight and 

   eye health?

7. Do adrenaline rushes in microgravity cause you to mentally process things 


8. Since your body is better supported in zero gravity, do you expend less 

   energy and therefore eat less?

9. How do you combat loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) 

   while in orbit?

10. If space tourism begins to take space travel out of the hands of \

    government, are there major concerns to opening it up to the private 


11. With the human race on the cusp of interplanetary travel, what new fields 

    of study and skill sets will astronauts need?

12. How do planets and stars look differently from your vantage point?

13. How much is the human aging process impacted after a nine month trip to 


14. With global challenges like poverty and disasters, why is it important to 

    spend money on space travel?

15. What earthbound activities do you miss the most while in orbit?

16. When you aren't in space, what are your outside interests and hobbies?





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Next planned event(s):


 1. School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC), 

     Castelldefels, Spain, direct via EG3UPC

     The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be OR4ISS  

     The scheduled astronaut is Mark Vande Hei KG5GNP

     Contact is a go for: Mon 2017-12-04 15:10 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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