An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at The Explorers Club, New York City, New York on 25 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:36 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.
The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon-all accomplished by our members.
The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research. The Club houses a radio room and amateur radio station K2XP.
On Oct. 25, 2014 The Explorers Club will host a special all-day event focusing on the history of human spaceflight at Explorers Club headquarters in New York. This year's venue will feature astronauts and space-flight participants from several missions using the Cold War as a backdrop - Apollo, Soyuz, Space Shuttle and SpaceShipOne. The day will include a mix of straight-up talks, "Exploring Legends" interviews by Jim Clash, and panel discussions. Among confirmed story-tellers so far are Gen. Charles Duke, Apollo 16 moonwalker (and CapCom for the Apollo 11 lunarlanding); Richard Garriott and Greg Olsen, both of whom flew aboard Soyuz to ISS; four-time Shuttle/Soyuz veteran Leroy Chiao; Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 Lunar Module pilot; Catherine "Cady" Coleman, who performed a live flute duet with Ian Anderson aboard ISS (and who will play at the Club's event); and Brian Binnie, who piloted SpaceShipOne to win the Ansari X Prize in 2004. The ARISS contact and interview will be an integral segment of this human-exploration experience and public discovery.
The following 16 questions were assembled from Space Stories presenters, students, Explorers Club members and space-related personnel. These individuals may or may not ask the question as they might be speaking as part of the Space Stories event.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Einstein says time slows down as you speed up. Does this apply to ISS
astronauts flying 17,500 mph? If so, how much less do you age versus
people on Earth?
2. What is the most interesting science experiment you are working on?
3. Has ham radio been one of your hobbies before or since your NASA
4. What do you do for fun in space?
5. From space, can you see meteors as they enter Earth's atmosphere?
6. Has the elimination of military pilot experience had a positive or
negative impact on crew operations?
7. Space debris in general, but also specifically it seems that someone
might deliberately launch and blow up something on ISS's inclination
with the intent of making your lives miserable. How good is the "early
warning alert" for you to maneuver out of harm's way?
8. Did you have expectations about what being an astronaut is like - and
how does the reality of your job compare?
9. Can astronauts see polar ice caps shrinking from year to year or any
other visible effects of global warming from space?
10. Are any artificial gravity experiments being conducted on ISS, such as
using rotating segments to simulate a gravity environment?
11. ISS has been our best opportunity to gather information about long-term
missions. Other than funding, what are the most important problems to
overcome for a manned mission to Mars?
12. On the night side of Earth when you look out to stars, what are the
limits of your ability to see? Can you see galaxies like M81/M82 with
the naked eye, or is it the same stuff we see, but clearer?
13. Are any of you religious, and if so, how do you feel about practicing
faith in space?
14. How much Delta-V do you actually get from thrusters on the station
alone? How much can they affect your orbit and orientation or can that
only be done with a push from a Soyuz or other docked vessel?
15. What do you miss most about not being on Earth?
16. Does the moon look bigger from space?
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ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.
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/
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN
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