[amsat-bb] Upcoming ARISS contact with Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, United Kingdom

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jun 19 04:09:14 UTC 2019



An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Rowan Preparatory School, Claygate, United Kingdom on 20 June. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:48 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and GB4RPS. The contact should be audible over the United Kingdom 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.




Rowan Preparatory School is a vibrant, friendly and nurturing community where girls are encouraged to be themselves. Our school is an independent preparatory school for girls between the ages of 2 to 11, located in the heart of Claygate (near Esher) in Surrey. A school with traditional values and a forward thinking approach to education, we seek to offer a broad and adventurous curriculum full of exciting opportunities.


School life at Rowan is inspiring and offers a breadth of experiences which develop the whole child. The warmth that is evident when you walk through the door at Rowan creates the ideal learning environment for girls to fulfil their potential. They are nurtured and allowed to grow as individuals, encouraged to take risks and have a go at new skills and interests which will enrich their lives. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths are at the heart of the curriculum at Rowan. Girls make the most of our dedicated specialist teaching spaces and delight in practical learning opportunities in the Engineering and Technology suite. From 3D printers to our radio recording studio, the environment at Rowan is geared towards encouraging creative and exciting learning, ensuring that the girls explore, question and discover in every area of learning. We are passionate about bringing STEM subjects to life and encouraging the girls to see how these subjects translate into the world beyond school. Experiences which will foster successful and inspirational women of the future!


Rowan girls are prepared for the transition to a wide range of successful day and boarding schools and we pride ourselves on finding the right senior school environment for each and every girl. A personalised approach to learning and outstanding pastoral care in our happy environment, ensures that every girl develops a genuine love of learning.




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


1. How did the International Space Station get built when it just 

   balances in the air?

2. What are the challenges to growing food in space if astronauts are 

   to stay in space for longer?

3. Does your digestion change because in space there is no gravity so 

   your intestine will float in your body?

4. Of all the experiments that you have done in space, what has given 

   the most surprising result or has been the most exciting?

5. If you spin a ball in the ISS will it keep spinning or will it stop, 

   and if it stops, what stops it?

6. In the future, will it be possible that someone can spend their 

   entire life in space and if so, would their life expectancy change?

7. If you do a handstand in space does your blood go to your head if 

   there is no gravity?

8. Is there anything you could learn about how bacteria and viruses 

   behave in space that could help us defeat infectious bugs around the 


9. NASA have said that they will establish a permanent presence on the 

   moon within the next decade, how will they do this and what is the 

   most exciting benefit for human kind?

10. In all of your time spent on board the ISS, what is the most 

    exciting and extraordinary thing that you have experienced?

11. What new information about space are you hoping to learn?

12. Can you escape from a black hole?

13. We have learnt that astronauts are very busy and work long hours. 

    So when you have free time, what do you do for fun?

14. How do you get rid of rubbish in space?

15. What are you looking forward to the most in nature when you return?

16. Our teachers and parents tell us that having a balanced diet is 

    important. Is your diet closely monitored or do you have freedom to 

    choose what you eat? What is your favourite meal?

17. How do you sleep in space?

18. What kind of dangers might you experience in space?

19. What is the most beautiful thing you can see in space?

20. We have heard that some people don't believe that the Moon landing 

    took place, what is the best evidence that we have to disprove this 





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Next planned event(s):


  1. Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI, direct via W8TCM

      The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

      The scheduled astronaut is Nick Hague KG5TMV

      Contact is go for: Fri 2019-06-28 14:02 UTC






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 ISS National Lab 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 public forms. Before and during these radio contacts, students, educators, parents, and communities learn about space, space technologies, and amateur radio. For more information, see www.ariss.org.


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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