An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton FL on 07 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:15 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and N4BRF. The contact should be audible over the state of Florida 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.
Boca Raton Christian School is a faith-based school distinguished by its academic excellence, spiritual formation, and caring environment. BRCS serves approximately 570 students in grades PreK-12. The campus is situated on approximately 22 acres in downtown Boca Raton, FL. Founded in 1973 as a ministry of Boca Raton Community Church, the school is accredited by several educational institutions and has been recognized twice as a National Blue Ribbon School. The college preparatory high school features a one-to-one laptop program as well as superior fine arts and athletic programs. All BRCS students participate in community service: grades K through 8 are involved in local projects, and high school students spend a week serving underserved communities in Tennessee, Arizona, and Costa Rica.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Did you have any childhood experiences that made you want to become an
2. How did you prepare to become an astronaut?
3. Has anything happened that you weren't prepared for and how did you
4. Does time feel like it goes slower or faster on the space station than on
Earth and why?
5. Judging from the current rate of technology advancements, what do you see
the future of space travel in the next 20 - 30 years?
6. Can you see meteors in space?
7. Have you or anyone you know experienced negative effects from radiation
while in space?
8. What is the most incredible experience you've had in space?
9. What is the worst illness you or someone you know has had in space and
how was it handled?
10. How much free time do you have and what do you like to do?
11. Since there are both men and women and from different countries, what
kinds of interpersonal conflicts are there and how do they handle them?
12. How has your life changed since becoming an astronaut?
13. Should we colonize Mars? If so, what approach would you recommend, and
would you be willing to be a colonist?
14. How do you fly your spaceship?
15. What do you like and dislike most about being an astronaut?
16. Has your ISS ever broken down, and how did you fix it?
17. Have you ever seen anything in space that you couldn't explain?
18. Do you play games in space, and, if so, what games do you play?
19. Has being in space changed your perspective on the world. If so, how?
20. Have you or anyone you know ever had a near death experience in space
(other than illness), and, if so, what happened?
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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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