An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at National Soaring Museum, Elmira, New York
on 01 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:34 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 OR4ISS and IK1SLD The contact should be audible over Italy 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.
The National Soaring Museum sits atop Harris Hill, overlooking Elmira, New York, the "Soaring Capital of America". The National Soaring Museum was established in 1969, and underwent expansions in 1979 and 1989. The Soaring Museum is home to the Soaring Hall of Fame, and the Soaring Society of America's Archives. By collection, the NSM is the largest museum in the world dedicated to motorless flight. In 1972, the New York State Department of Education chartered the Museum as a non-profit educational institution. Its role as an educational institution provides youth with unique experiences to learn about the science and history of aviation. The Museum offers overnight soaring encampments for youth groups, and two summer camps: the Summer Soaring Academy, and Eileen Collins Aerospace Camp (ECAC). The Summer Soaring Academy is in its fourth year, and offers local students a hands-on look at aviation and engineering, capping off the week with a glider ride for all students. The Eileen Collins Aerospace Camp - named for the Elmira native who would become the first woman to command a space shuttle mission - is a weeklong adventure in aviation and space exploration. The week is filled with hands-on activities, trips, and rides in a sailplane and power plane. ECAC is one of the few in the United States that gives students an opportunity to fly in airplanes. This Harris Hill remains an active gliderport, with a strong Junior and Senior program. Several youth who attended this camp have joined the Harris Hill Juniors to become glider and power pilots themselves.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What made you want to become an astronaut?
2. Have there been any injuries on board?
3. What's a day in space like?
4. How do you stay stationary on space walks if the ISS is moving?
5. How far can you be from Earth and still talk to Mission Control?
6. Have you ever been on a mission that's gone badly?
7. How does microgravity feel?
8. How fast does the ISS go, and can you feel it moving?
9. Has there been any "unearthly" sightings?
10. What are you studying?
11. Were you scared when you went into space?
12. How do you talk to your family?
13. What courses in school do you have to take to be an astronaut?
14. What does it feel like to enter and exit the atmosphere?
15. Are space walks difficult?
16. Is microgravity difficult to deal with?
17. Do you bring something with you to remind you of home?
18. How long does it take to become an astronaut?
19. How do you control the rocket that takes you to the Space Station?
20. What's the most rewarding thing about being an astronaut?
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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), and the 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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