ARISS Event - United Space School, Seabrook, Texas, USA - Thursday (July 31) at 1845 UTC
by Ponder, Stephen H. (JSC-OC)[BAR]
ARISS Event - United Space School, Seabrook, Texas, USA - Thursday (July
31) at 1845 UTC
An International Space Station Expedition 17 ARISS school contact has
been planned with participants from the United Space School in Seabrook,
Texas, USA, on 31 July. The event is scheduled to begin at
approximately 18:45 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and ON4ISS. The
contact should be audible in portions of Europe. Interested parties are
invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. In addition, the audio
should be available via IRLP and EchoLink. The participants are
expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The United Space School, a once a year session of high school students
from all around the world meet annually in the NASA/Clear Lake Area.
The students attend a two week session, during which they stay with
local host families while being mentored by astronauts, engineers, and
scientists to design a mission to Mars as their team project. Class
sessions are held at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Students
participating in the contact are from Bolivia, Italy, France, Australia,
India, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, The Isle of Man, Canada and
the United States. The students will use the knowledge gained from this
contact to put together their team project presentation, which they will
present to the Houston space community at the end of their session.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How long did it take you to get used to the weightless environment?
2. What are the most important tasks which you will perform during the
3. How do you spend your free time in space?
4. Who are the people that have influenced you to be where you are
5. What has been the best experience whilst you have been in orbit?
6. What is your biggest emotional adjustment to living in space?
7. What music do you listen to on the Space Station?
8. How do you get medical treatment on the Space Station?
9. Which piece of equipment do you find most useful on a daily basis?
10. How severe is debris damage to the Space Station?
11. What do you miss the most when you are in Space?
12. Are your sleeping patterns in Space different to your sleeping
patterns on Earth?
13. How do you calculate the time while you are in orbit around the
14. How do you cope with the background noise on the Space Station?
15. What is your favourite part of travelling into Space?
16. At night, what is the brightest area you can see on Earth?
17. What other robotics could be useful on the Space Station?
18. How would you describe the feeling of leaving Earth's environment?
19. What can you see out of the window right now?
20. Is it difficult sharing such a small space with others?
21. What personal items do you have with you on the Space Station?
22. What is your next scheduled activity following this radio link?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at
http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact. Packet is transmitted
on 145.825 simplex.
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.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of
Thank you & 73,
Stephen H. Ponder, N5WBI