An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Sundance Elementary School, San Diego, California on 01 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 20:00 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KI6ZUM. The contact should be audible over the western U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Sundance Elementary School first opened in 1980 as a K-5 elementary school in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego, California. Our diverse student population of nearly 500 students encompasses almost 20 different languages. Our motto is "Work Hard, Be Kind, Dream Big, No Excuses." We believe that the district college readiness goal for all students is important. Each class has adopted a college and during the year will be learning the school's chant or school song to sing at our weekly Friday Flag assemblies at 8:10 on the playground. On Thursdays we encourage everyone to wear college gear as a reminder that we can all go to college and we need to begin preparing now.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Why is the space station up there?
2. What does space look like? Can you see Mars?
3. How do you tell night from day on the ISS?
4. Is there water in space?
5. Since there is no gravity in space, are you actually taller in height
than you are on earth?
6. Are there any changes to your body from being in space so long?
7. Do you dream differently or act differently in space?
8. What do you eat in space?
9. What food do you miss most on earth?
10. How much money does it cost to launch one rocket into space?
11. If you brought a bird in space with no gravity, would it be able to fly?
12. How long does it take plants to grow?
13. Have you ever brought an animal other than a chimp in space?
14. Is there any TV or entertainment 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