An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has been planned with the NASA/Johnson Space Center's Teacher to Teacher Workshop on 31 May 2007. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:32 UTC.
The contact will be a Telebridge between stations NA1SS and WH6PN. ARISS ground station W6SRJ is located in Honolulu, Hawaii. NA1SS will be operated by US astronaut Sunita Williams, KD5PLB. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Additional listening options are listed below:
IRLP - Connect to the IRLP reflector 9010. You may also connect via the IRLP Discovery website at http://www.discoveryreflector.ca/listen.htm.
EchoLink - The audio from this contact will be available on the EchoLink *AMSAT* (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208) conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server. This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.
The U.S. Department of Education and NASA are working together to offer a Teacher to Teacher Workshop at Johnson Space Center. Approximately 300 K-12 educators from around the nation will be participating in a two day workshop involving professional development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition, teachers will be participating in an ARISS contact with Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams on the ISS. Teachers will be asking the following questions to Suni Williams. The objective is to make teachers aware of the unique opportunities that NASA education offers to enhance curriculum and inspire students in STEM careers.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What do you enjoy most about the International Space Station?
2. What is the first thing you are going to do when you return home?
3. What impact do you think the ISS will have on the education of America's youth and students around the world?
4. Can you describe your daily routine or activities?
5. Do you keep a typical sleep schedule?
6. Is there certain amount of bone deterioration in individuals that stay in space for extended periods and if so how do you deal with it?
7. Are there any crew diet limitations on the space station? Do crew meals include a full spectrum of meat, vegetables, grains, etc?
8. How are the astronauts chosen for missions?
9. Do you experience air- or motion-sickness?
10. Can you explain one exciting thing that you learned and didn't expect onboard the ISS?
11. When you are working outside of the ISS, can you feel any temperature differences as you pass from sunlight into the shadow of the Space Station?
12. What lights can you see on Earth as you pass overhead during the night?
13. How did math help you to be an astronaut?
14. How far away from earth are you and how do you measure this?
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.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
Stephen Ponder - N5WBI