An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Templestowe Valley Primary School, Templestowe, Victoria, Australia on 19 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 08:43 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 VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over portions of Australia 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.
Templestowe Valley Primary School is located in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne (about 17km from the centre of Melbourne). We have approximately 460 students from age 5 to 13 years. We have about 45 on our staff which includes 19 grades. Our students are loving learning about Science and STEM. They have a strong love of sports especially soccer, cricket, and basketball. We have a friendly and inclusive community.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. If you could take 5 personal things to space what would it be? Did you
take your guitar?
2. How fast do you need to go in a rocket to break through the Earth?s
3. What is the most extraordinary thing you have seen in space?
4. Have you ever been in a space emergency or felt scared?
5. How does the space ship move without hitting something?
6. How many astronauts can work in the space station and what do they do?
7. How did the space station get into space?
8. What is the greatest risk to your space station?
9. Have you discovered anything new?
10. How do they fuel the spaceship?
11. What are you researching in space?
12. How does your body feel when you re-enter gravity?
13. What do you have to do to train or prepare to go to space?
14. How do you have a shower and wash your hair?
15. What do you eat?
16. Why do you need to exercise?
17. When you use amateur radio in space are conditions better or worse?
18. How long does it take for ISS to orbit Earth?
19. How long can you stay in space?
20. Is the ISS at risk of being hit by a meteor?
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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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