Delaware Township School, Sergeantsville, NJ on 19 Feb.
by Ransom, Kenneth G. (JSC-OP)[BARRIOS TECHNOLOGY LTD]
Sent on behalf of AA4KN
An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Delaware Township School, Sergeantsville, NJ on 19 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:04 UTC. 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 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.
Delaware Township School has approximately 400 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It is a one school district located in a rural township in Hunterdon County, NJ. Our school is named for the Delaware River, which runs through part of our township. Students from Delaware Township School go to high school at Hunterdon Central Regional High School with students from four other sending districts, East Amwell, Readington, and Flemington-Raritan. Something special about our township is that it celebrated its 175th anniversary this past year and the County of Hunterdon is currently celebrating its 300th anniversary during 2014. One of our former residents, Daniel Bray, was instrumental in securing boats for the Continental Army to cross the Delaware River when retreating from the British during the Revolutionary War. Our township also has the last covered bridge in use in New Jersey. Our school is proud of not only its township history but also its attention to science. We have three science labs in our school, one dedicated exclusively to elementary school classes and the other two for middle school classes. Every year we hold a Science Night showcasing student science projects, research, and inventions. Our fifth grade students participate in the Science Olympiad completion every year and have been known to bring home many medals. Many of our students move on to honors science classes in high school. In preparation for this radio contact with the International Space Station, one of our students earned his amateur radio operator license and is helping a classmate to earn his license, too. They will be leading a Radio Club
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Why did you want to go to space? Is it fun in space?
2. What is your favorite thing you have seen in space?
3. How long does it take to train to go into space? What should I do if I
want to be an astronaut when I grow up?
4. How long can you stay in space?
5. Can space exploration actually hurt your body? When you come back from
space how long does it take you to adjust?
6. Is this your first time in space or are you an expert? Who has the most
experience on the crew?
7. Did you ever have to repair the space station?
8. Can you bring your phone into space? Will it work?
9. Do you ever get sick in space? What do they do to treat you?
10. How do you feel being at the International Space Station without an
11. How do you get mail and food in space?
12. Is there anything else you want us to know about space travel or being an
13. How old do you have to be to go in space?
14. Have you been able to watch any of the Olympics or keep up with the
results? If so, how?
15. Do you monitor the weather on Earth?
16. Is there any sound in space? If not, how do you communicate?
17. What is your favorite thing about being an astronaut?
18. Are there ever problems with having astronauts from different countries
sharing the International Space Station?
19. What research have you been focusing on during this mission?
20. Do you have any pets on the space station? If so, what?
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Next planned event(s):
1. Marymount University (Fort Belvoir Elem.), Arlington, VA, telebridge
Wed, 19Feb2014, 19:02 UTC
2. Australian Air League - South Australia Wing, Elizabeth, South
Australia, telebridge via AH6NM
Fri, 21Feb2014, 08:36 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 countries.
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 Canada).
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN