An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Cirqiniq Summer Camp, Kuujjuaq, Quebec (Nunavik), Canada on 4 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:24 UTC.
The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over mid and eastern portions of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The camp will bring together to Kuujjuaq approximately 60 youth (aged 13 to 22) from around Nunavik, 11 instructors form southern Canada and 10 other support staff and instructors. During the day, the youth will be at the Katittavik Theatre doing various circus activities and be lodged at Jaanimmarik School or Kuujjuaq Forum. In the evening, they will be participating in various art activities like painting, dance, puppet making, sewing, and throat singing. The camp starts on June 29 until July 5. The community show is scheduled for July 5 in the evening and they will be preparing the days before for this. Our camp theme this year is "Planets and the Universe" in conjunction with the last Winter Tour of the villages, which coincides nicely with the possible space contact.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What physical fitness requirements are needed to deal with the launch and
stay in space?
2. How do you maintain your physical fitness levels while on an extended
stay in space?
3. What are the psychological issues you face when preparing for a first
time visit into space?
4. Are physical activities more difficult in space than here on earth?
5. What kind of food do you eat?
6. Does your diet change from that on earth?
7. What is the most significant impact on you, while in space, so far?
8. On your return to earth, how long does it take to overcome the effects of
9. Do you sleep well on the space station?
10. Are you gaining weight or losing weight while in space?
11. Do you communicate with family and friends and how?
12. Has anyone been sick on the space station?
13. What do you do when not working or not on duty?
14. Does the crew look forward to going home?
15. Have you had any encounters with other life forms while in space?
16. What can you see on Earth (i.e. lightening, jets, city lights,
17. Is the brain affected in any way by zero gravity - do you focus better or
18. Does your reaction time or reflex improve in zero gravity?
19. What kind of research are you involved with?
20. Do your finger nails grow faster, the same or slower while in space?
21. What do you like the most about being in space?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
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