An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at the EU Special Event, Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen, Weiskirchen, Germany on Sun July 19, 09. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:54 UTC.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible over portions of eastern Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The Eichenlaubschule Weiskirchen school is where the pupils can achieve a standard and secondary graduation. First foreign language is English. Concerning school partnerships there are contacts to schools in Luxemburg, France and Rumania. It cooperated with the radio club "DARC Ortsverband Schwarzwälder Hochwald, Q21". Because of their contact with radio technology, a core-team of interested pupils has been formed. Working together with the radio amateurs, a radio school station may be established and a radio club has been founded.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How did you feel during the shuttle launch?
2. How does the earth look like from the station and is it possible to
recognize buildings on Earth from the ISS?
3. Beside the sun, the earth, the moon, what other planets can you see
4. Can you take a bath or a shower in the ISS?
5. Is it tiring to move at zero gravity?
6. Why do the astronauts have to clean the ISS periodically every week?
7. What was the hardest job you have done at the station?
8. How is security provided for oxygen supply?
9. What kind of space food do you like best?
10. How do you deal with the garbage in the ISS?
11. Where do you keep your dirty laundry?
12. Which standard time are you using in the ISS and how do you know if it
is day or night and when it's time to sleep?
13. Do you snore more or less in weightlessness of Space than you do on
14. What happens if someone in the station gets extremely sick or severely
15. What kind of experiments are you making at the station and what is your
mission in the space station?
16. We know that you work very hard in space. What do you do to relax and
17. What did you accomplish most in the space?
18. Do you get homesick in space? If so, how do you deal with it?
19. How do you prevent your food from flying away in zero gravity?
20. Has space garbage crashed with the ISS?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
1. Escola E.B.2/3 de S. Romão do Coronado, Trofa, Portugal, Tue 21 July 09 17:07 UTC
2. Ugo Guidi, Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy Thu 23 July 09 19:35 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,
David - AA4KN