[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CA

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 6 13:54:02 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Meadows Elementary School, Manhattan Beach, CA on 08 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:05 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KM6BWB. The contact should be audible over portions of the state of California 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.


Meadows Elementary is one of 7 schools (5 elementary) in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Meadows is a Kindergarten-5th grade school with about 450 students. While not incredibly diverse, with 62% white, 12% Asian, and 12% Hispanic students, 15% of its students are on an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, to deal with learning difficulties.  The campus has a Math Olympiad after-school program that consistently places in the top 5 in LA County, a hands-on science program for all students K-5 during the school day, and a library for every student to access every week with their classroom. 


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


1. How do you get picked to be an astronaut?

2. What kind of experiments do you do in space?

3. How do you eat without your food flying away?

4. Is it colorful in space?

5. How long did it take to get to the ISS?

6. What is something that you do in space that is different than on Earth?

7. How do you take a shower in space?

8. Has the ISS ever been hit by a meteorite?

9. How long does your oxygen tank last when you are on a spacewalk?

10. How many rooms does the ISS have?

11. Does anyone ever get sick with a cold or the flu on the ISS? 

12. What do you sleep in at night? Do you have space pajamas? 

13. Who inspired you to be an astronaut?

14. What is the one of the most interesting things you have seen when you are in space?

15. What do you do to relax when you are in space?

16. What is the most interesting job you have done on the ISS?

17. What does a sunrise or sunset on Earth look like from space?

18. What is something that you miss about Earth?

19. Can you see stars from the ISS?

20. What does space sound like? Can you hear anything? 

21. What should a student study in school to be an astronaut?





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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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