[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Boston Red Sox Outreach to School Groups, Boston, MA

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Sep 13 19:57:12 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Boston Red Sox Outreach to School Groups, Boston, MA

on 14 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:03 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.



Fenway Park is host to close to twenty schools from five of the six New England states for a STEM event on Thursday, September 14, 2017. This event, specifically the on-field activities like engineering and launching water bottle rockets in the shadow of the historic Green Monster, provide schools with a real-world application of the Next Generation Science curriculum.  With the partnership of ARISS and the ISS contact, the STEM activities (both the activities of the day and the pre-teaching activities sent to schools prior) would shift to a STEM NASA, space and amateur radio focus. The goal of ISS contact was to be a draw to those schools from all over New England who do not have the capacity to otherwise go through the contact proposal and host a contact. In this one event, ARISS is granting exposure to New England schools to STEM, NASA, space and amateur radio.  Students from Burlington, VT; Salem, MA; Whitnesville, MA; Mashpee, MA; Wakefield, RI; Danvers, MA; Bradford, MA; Waltham, MA; Whitefield, MA; Provincetown, MA; Concord MA; Roxbury, MA; Stoneham, MA; Nashua, NH; and Bangor ME are all scheduled to be part of this historic learning event.



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


1. How often and through what methods do you communicate with family and 

   others on earth?

2. How much exercise do you get while in space?

3. What are some of the foods you eat while in space?

4. What if a serious illness enters the space station, how would you stop it?

5. When did you first become interested in space exploration?

6. What kind of jobs does Robonaut 2 do on the ISS or what kind of 

   experiments do you do with R2?

7. Were you able to see the eclipse in space?

8. What's it like to float around instead of walking?

9. Do you believe in aliens or life on other planets?

10. What advice would you give to someone who wants to grow up to be an 


11. What was the hardest thing to become accustomed to on the ISS?

12. What is the most challenging thing to do weightless?

13. Are you a Red Sox or Yankees fan? 

14. Do you use a lot of math on the ISS?

15. What was your favorite subject in school?

16. How do you brush your teeth? 

17. What Earth food do you miss the most?

18. When are you scheduled to come back to Earth and what will you do first?

19. Who inspired you?

20. Have you ever been to Fenway Park?






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Next planned event(s):

  1.  Heart of America Council Boy Scouts of America, Kansas City, MO, 

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be  NA1SS 

      The scheduled astronaut is Paolo Nespoli IZØJPA 

      Contact is a go for: Sat 2017-09-23 12:03 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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