An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Council of State Science Supervisors, Los Angeles, CA
on 29 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:03 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 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 Los Angeles Unified School District: Local District South, Los Angeles, California
The Council of State Science Supervisors (CSSS) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California
CSSS is the only professional science organization whose members have direct accountability to the state government agencies given the constitutional authority for education. Each of these supervisors plays a key role in directing efforts at improving school science and ensuring excellence and equity in science education in their states. This partnership with ARISS is a way to showcase the importance of space education and create enthusiasm among state leaders that can be shared with teachers across the nation. CSSS partnered with students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, The Jordan-Locke network comprised of 16 elementary schools for this event. Participants in the ARISS contact include 6th grade students from the 92nd, 93rd, and 96th elementary schools. The District demonstrates that all children can achieve their highest potential when the conditions for learning are at an optimum by integrating project based learning into the academic achievement of students in all subjects. All schools are located in Watts or South Central Los Angeles and consist of a predominantly Latino and African American Student population with poverty rates in the 95-100%
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. In Science class we learned that it takes a tremendous amount of energy
and speed to escape Earth's gravity. Can you tell us how you felt as you
were climbing upward through Earth's Atmosphere?
2. Reentering Earth can be very dangerous for astronauts. Can you please tell
me what steps do you follow when reentering the Earth's atmosphere?
3. In Los Angeles, there are many street lights at night that prevent us from
seeing many stars in the sky, but when we went camping in the mountains we
saw more stars. Now that you are in space, can you see even more
stars than we see here on Earth?
4. In Science class we are learning about germs and how fast they can spread.
Do germs multiply as fast in space as they do on Earth?
5. Is there something in space that you did, that you will never forget?
6. Were you afraid to go to space?
7. Is there a problem with space junk? If so how severe is it?
8. What is your purpose for being in space today?
9. We know that in space there is zero gravity. What is the proper procedure
for eating in space so that your liquids or food does not float away or
damage any equipment?
10. What activity do you like doing the most while in space and why?
11. How hard is it for you to settle in space, leave your family, and
communicate with them?
12. How long does it take to become a professional astronaut?
13. We recently read your biography and noticed that you accomplished so much
here on Earth. Can you tell us how your achievements on Earth help you
complete your missions on the International Space Station?
14. Have any of the solar panels on the ISS been damaged by space debris? If
so, please tell me how you were able to repair it.
15. If you were stuck in space, what are the 5 most important things you
would need to survive? Explain why.
16. I read that you are very athletic. Have you found any new health problem
besides, the weakening of muscles, while living on the International
17. What was the most important/amazing/beautiful thing in space you ever
18. Have you seen anything in space that scared you or confused you?
19. Which planets (other than Earth) do you see most often as you are
orbiting in the ISS? Do you have a favorite planet? Why is it your
20. What is the longest time you have been in space?
21. What is the most dangerous situation that you have experienced on the
International Space Station?
22. What activities do you do while up in space in your free time?
23. Have you thought of teaching anyone about how to be an astronaut?
24. Your biography shows that you have such a great life on Earth. Can you
tell us what convinced you to go to space?
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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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