[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Colegio Nueva Concepcion, San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina

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Mon Sep 25 18:47:45 UTC 2017

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Colegio Nueva Concepcion, San Miguel de Tucuman, Argentina on 28 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:51 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and LU1KCQ. The contact should be audible over portions of Argentina 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.



Colegio Nueva Concepcion is located in the heart of the city of San Miguel de Tucuman in northern Argentina. This is a coed, secular school with a 981-student population from Pre-K at age 3. Today, high school has 290 students with a curriculum oriented towards social science and an intensive English program (10 weekly classes per week).


To graduate from high school, students at Colegio Nueva Concepcion write a thesis paper on issues which they are personally interested in and usually in the field of humanist studies. However, there has been a tendency for some teenagers to do research in the hard sciences possibly because of the work done in other areas, such as the Astrophysics Workshop. Unlike most schools in the province, Colegio Nueva Concepcion offers an elective workshop on Astrophysics, whose activities have motivated the class to contact you through the ISS experience. 


The Astrophysics Workshop has been added to complement the humanist orientation of the curricular program. Students attending the workshop are sixteen to seventeen-year olds in the fifth and sixth year (juniors and seniors), and we firmly believe that the ISS contact will motivate them as well as younger students to become more interested in exact sciences, and more specifically the sciences of space. In the meantime, we are getting ready for the communication experience by discussing the possible questions with the workshop teacher, and carrying out comprehension activities in the English classes to be ready to listen and understand about space, space race, and life in the ISS.



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


1. What research activities you are developing in space do you consider more 

   relevant for the future of humanity?

2. What kind of investigations you do in space can only be done only there 

   and not on the Earth?

3. Have you seen anything weird or unusual in space that science hasn't been 

   able explain yet?

4. Considering you know both earth's gravity and space's microgravity, which 

   one do you prefer?

5. After living so many months in space, have you developed any different 

   perspective on the life and problems of the world on the Earth's surface?

6. Are there any Argentinean or Latin American people working in your team?

7. What was the most complicated situation you had to go through in the ISS 

   and how did you solve it?                        

8. How do you think you will feel when you return to earth after a long time?

9. Does everyone have the same role in ISS, or are there superiors and 


10. Which is more important for traveling and staying in space, physical 

    condition or mental state?

11. How long have you stayed in the ISS and how long did you prepare for 


12. Is it possible to reproduce living organisms in space? What about human 


13. If you go out of the ISS, why do you do it for? 

14. What are the protocols in the event that one of the astronauts becomes 

    lightly or severely ill?

15. How do you spend your free time? -  if you have any.

16. Can you communicate with your relatives frequently? How do you do it?

17. Would you like to go back to space or is it an experience that you would 

    not like to repeat?

18. Do you have an agreement with the other astronauts on ISS on what 

    language or time zone to use?

19. Have you always wanted to travel to space? Or, did this opportunity come 

    up in your job as an obligation?

20. What is the thing you enjoy the most about being in the space?

21. What type of food are you used to eating? Do you exercise your body?





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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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