[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, IL

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Sat Oct 21 18:47:02 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, IL on 23 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:31 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W9AML. The contact should be audible over the state of Illinois 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.




Chiddix Junior High School (CJHS) in Normal, IL, in partnership with the Challenger Learning Center (CLC), the Children's Discovery Museum (CDM) and Central Illinois Radio Club CIRC), W9AML is pleased to talk with astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). The ARISS contact aligns with CJHS's mission for students to achieve personal success and the CLC's learning objective to engage students in hands-on, dynamic activities while increasing interest in STEM careers.  In preparation for this event, approximately three hundred CJHS students have participated in a question writing contest.


Students will have the chance to participate in designing a mission patch for the CJHS ARISS contact and will learn about the ISS.  The contact will be broadcast live to the entire school and Unit 5 school district.


Hari Rebba, a community leader, a member of the Central Illinois Radio Club (CIRC), and Lead Program Coordinator for ARISS school contact, who pursued this idea with his son, Dhruv for more than two years, has been instrumental in this program that benefits all students.  Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX, the Student Lead, will be the control operator.


Students from the CLC attended this summer's International Space Station Underwater Adventure camp where they learned about the ISS, living and working in space and built a model of the ISS underwater at the Normal Community West High School swimming pool.




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


1. How do you prepare mentally and physically to go to the ISS?

2. What must you do to prepare for coming back to earth and its gravity?

3. What did you do when you were a child that helped get you to where you are 


4. What is the most fascinating part of Earth to fly over?

5. How would you describe space to someone who has not been there?

6. What do you do to stay busy in space?  Do the days go by really fast or    

   does it feel like a very long time up in space?

7. What is the most accurate space travel movie you have seen?

8. How do you get exercise in space?

9. What has been your favorite experiment so far?

10. Does space have different effects other than gravity on the human body 

    than being on Earth?  If yes, do you feel those effects while in space,    

    or are they just happening?

11. What are some difficult health effects, you have to overcome aboard the 


12. When you trained for being an astronaut, did you ever train under water?  

    If so, is it close to what space is like?

13. What are some simple tasks on Earth that can be very challenging in 


14. What is the most unusual payload you have seen on the ISS?

15. What is the scariest thing that has ever happened to you while in space?

16. Does your view of Earth and Space ever get old?

17. Do you think it would be safer to have a space station based on the moon 

    instead of floating in space?

18. How often do you go into space for spacewalks?

19. What advice would you give to young people dreaming about becoming an 


20. What influenced you to or what made you want to go in space?

21. What do you miss the most from Earth that you don't have in space?

22. How do you protect the spacecraft from being damaged by meteoroids or 

    other space debris?

23. What do you do if you get sick in space?




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Next planned event(s):


   1. Beaconsfield State  School, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, telebridge 

      via IK1SLD

      The ISS  callsign is presently scheduled to be IRØISS 

      The scheduled astronaut  is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA

      Contact is a go for: Thu 2017-10-26 08:23:02  UTC


  2.  Glanmire Community College, Cork, Ireland, direct  via EI5CRC and 

      Colegiul National Calistrat Hogas Piatra Neamt, Piatra Neamt,  Romania, 

      telebridge via EI5CRC

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  OR4ISS

      The scheduled astronaut is Joe Acaba KE5DAR

      Contact is a go  for: Thu 2017-10-26 09:55:45 UTC


  3.  Istituto Tecnico  Tecnologico "Enzo Ferrari", Borgo A Mozzano, Italy   

      and Liceo Statale "G. D.  Cassini", Sanremo, Italy direct via IQ5LU and   

      IQ1SM The ISS callsign is  presently scheduled to be IRØISS 

      The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli  IZØJPA 

      Contact is a go for: Sat 2017-10-28 08:13:31 UTC

      Watch for Ham TV



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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