ARISS event - Colombia Mission Project at Buchanan High School, Clovis, California, Sat (Oct 11 ) at 16:11 UTC
by Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OC)[BAR]
An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants at Colombia Mission Project at Buchanan
High School, Clovis, California on 11 October. The event is scheduled to
begin at approximately 1611 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge contact between stations NA1SS and
NN1SS. The contact should be audible over eastern N. America. Interested
parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The
participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The COLUMBIA Mission began three years ago as a classroom project to
introduce students to the magnificent accomplishments of space
exploration. Due to its popularity with the broad student population,
it is now an on-campus club. Each year we create, and continue to
evolve, a space station/planetary exploration simulation and ENDEAVOUR
to excite, educate, and illuminate young minds to the staggering tasks
undertaken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Each year, approximately 100 students organize themselves into an
administrative structure of committees and subcommittees with the shared
goal of "launching" our chosen astronauts into space for a two day
mission aboard our mock space station.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Do you notice that your body composition changes over the course of
the mission? If so, what training will you do to return it to normal?
2. What has been your favorite moment during your time on the ISS? Do
you receive up-to-date entertainment, such as t.v. episodes or movies on
3. Have you been following the presidential campaign? How do you see the
outcome affecting the space program?
4. Since we last spoke, have you been able to spot any new locations on
earth that you were interested in observing?
5. Has being in space affected your dream patterns?
6. What food items on earth do you miss the most?
7. Were you able to see Hurricane Ike form over the Caribbean a few
weeks ago? From your view, were you able to observe how devastating it
8. What is the most interesting task you've performed this week?
9. What will you miss most about your time on the ISS? We know that you
are unable to bathe in a conventional manner. How do you maintain your
personal hygiene while on the Space Station?
10. What was either the most gruesome, or the funniest aspect of
11. What was the last thing you did with your family before takeoff?
12. When you have free time, what do you like to think about?
13. What part of the earth (if you can see it right now) can you see
14. For me, looking at photos of the earth from space brings out a sense
of spirituality because it makes me realize that humans can accomplish
so much even though we're all technically so small. Does being in space
affect your spirituality and philosophy of the human race? Does this
also cause you to feel like you have a stronger connection with the
earth than the average person?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
Next planned event(s):
1) Combined group of Challenger Learning Centers, telebridge via W6SRJ,
Thu 2008-10-16 16:39 UTC
Howard B. Owens Science Center's Challenger Center (Lanham, MD,
Challenger Learning Center of Columbia (Columbia, SC, Verizon
Challenger Learning Center at MOSI (Tampa, FL), Brownsburg Challenger
Learning Center (Brownsburg, IN)
2) Budbrooke Primary School, Warwick, England, direct via GB4OBS, Fri
2008-10-17 11:06 UTC
3) Combined group of Challenger Learning Centers, telebridge via W6SRJ,
Fri 2008-10-17 15:31 UTC
Indianapolis Challenger Learning Center (Indianapolis, IN), Challenger
Learning Center at Paducah (Paducah, KY), Challenger Learning
Center-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
4) Austin Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy, Austin, TX, direct via
K5LBJ, Sun 2008-10-19 13:15 UTC
5) Pinehurst School, Ashland, Oregon, telebridge via W6SRJ, Mon
2008-10-20 15:14 UTC
6) National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, direct via 9M2RPN,
Tues 2008-10-21 08:30 UTC
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the
participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES,
JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of
Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers on-board the
International Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see,
first hand, how Amateur Radio and crewmembers on ISS can energize
youngsters' interest in science, technology, and learning. Further
information on the ARISS program is available on the website
http://www.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of
Thank you & 73,
Kenneth - N5VHO