An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 20 January. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1806 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible over most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. Audio from the contact should also be available via the AMSAT conference on EchoLink and via the 9010 Discovery reflector on IRLP. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is an academic pediatric hospital affiliated with the University of Ottawa, with a mandate for care, research and teaching. Over the past thirty years, CHEO has established itself as a world-class academic health sciences centre providing leading-edge treatment, diagnostic and laboratory services for children and youth aged 0 to 18 years. CHEO houses the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and the Ontario Newborn Screening Program. CHEO is an active partner in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, providing leadership in all aspects of pediatric health and wellbeing.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 1. How do you take a shower/bath 2. What is the best part about being an astronaut? 3. What do you eat? 4. How do you communicate with family? 5. What do you do if you dislike another crew member? 6. What do you do for fun? 7. Do you sleep in a bed? Or do you just "bob"? 8. What kind of clothes do you wear? Is it hot or cold? 9. Have you ever seen a balloon in space? 10. What kind of training do you need before you can live on the I.S.S? 11. Are you ever worried that the I.S.S will go out of orbit and crash? 12. Have there ever been any pets in space? 13. How can you tell if its night or day in space? 14. What do you do with all your waste and garbage? 15. When you go outside for a space walk what do you wear and how long does it take to get ready? 16. Are there any long term health affects from being in space - for example, is the life expectancy of astronauts lower after they have been in space for a long period of time?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact .
Next planned event(s): 1. Castor Valley ES, Greely, Ontario, Canada, Tue 2009-01-27 19:30:18 UTC 2. CERAM EAI RUE Albert Einstein Sophia Antipolis, France, Thu 2009-01-29 14:54:52 UTC via VK4KHZ 3. Ecole & Collège Jean XXIII, Pamiers, France, Fri 2009-01-30 13:08:47 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, Kenneth - N5VHO