An International Space Station Expedition 18 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at the Oregon City Schools, Fassett Middle School, Oregon, Ohio on 23 February. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 1435 UTC.
The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and KB9UPS. The contact should be audible over most of eastern N. America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
Fassett Middle School, located in Oregon, Ohio started with the first school year in the fall of 1960. It was named after Miss Josephine Fassett, who was an outstanding figure in guiding the Oregon school system from the days of the one-room schoolhouse through an expansion program which led to the existing superior educational facilities. The school started as a 7-9 building, then to a 7-8 building, and currently a 6-8 middle school. Currently there are 473 students at Oregon. Oregon has two middle schools that lead into its high school, Clay. The school is in the effective category, determined by the state and continually making more progress toward the excellent category. Some teachers teach solely their subject, and some teachers teach up to three preps.
The participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 1. As an athlete I was wondering if your experiments have found any way to stop fast bone loss? 2. What type of experiments are you doing right now? 3. Do the people you work with know different languages to communicate with the other nationalities? 4. How do astronauts get electricity in space? 5. What happens when you go to the restroom in space: Where does it go? 6. How does your job affect our everyday life? 7. How much work and effort did it takes to become an astronaut? 8. What do you do when it's your free time in space? 9. What inspired you to become an astronaut? 10. How often do you hear from your family? 11. Would you consider your roll on the ISS to be a rewarding experience? 12. Can you wear lotion up in space? 13. What kind of mathematical skills do you use for your job? 14. If someone would break a bone or need surgery, what happens?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact .
Next planned event(s): 1. Chatham Public School, Taree, NSW, Australia, via K6DUE, Wed 2009-02-25 07:32 UTC 2. 1 Circolo Didattico G.Marconi, Casamassima, Italy, Wed 2009-02-25 07:50 UTC 3. Hampton Bays Middle School, Hampton Bays, New York, Wed 2009-02-25 13:57 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