An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Des Cardinaux School, Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada on 26 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:13 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the east coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in French.
Our school is located in the Sainte-Rose, Laval. Our school is a French primary school which includes preschool students in the second year of the third cycle. It has approximately 580 students. Cedrick brought the idea of the ARISS contact; it is a privilege for the students and the teachers to have this opportunity to talk with a Canadian astronaut that is commanding the ISS. It is in those times you realize that there are no dreams that are impossible to reach, you just need to find your way.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions (translated) as time allows:
1. How do you stay connected to various social networks like Twitter and
2. Are you communication with your family through radio amator and what are
the call sign for the Space?
3. From space, do you see signs that Spring season is coming? If so what
4. Why during a stay in space Astronauts grow a few inches and how come they get back their original height when they are back on Earth?
5. In a «normal» business, an employee is entitled to Sick days and can
stay home. What do you do in these cases and what would happens in case
of serious illness when you are on the International Space Station?
6. Why materials are especially white inside and outside the space station?
7. How do you create innovations technologies in the ISS?
8. Where do you find the electricity in the ISS?
9. In the case of a satellite failure which communicate to the station and
Earth, and there would be a meteorite that seems to happen in one of
your tracks, how could you communicate and how could you change you
10. Did you ever hesitate on your career choice and consider doing something
else? What motivated you to pursue your path and to persevere?
11. Do you see the Earth turning on itself?
12. How many astronauts can stay in the ISS at the same time?
13. Did you see other planets in the space?
14. What are your main responsibilities aboard the spacecraft for this
15. Here we see the changes in the spring season in nature, is there also
season on other planets?
16. What do you eat in space?
17. Did you see the meteorite that fall in Russia?
18. Several technological innovation have been discovers or improved during
missions. According to you, which one up to now has been having the most
impact on our daily lives?
19. We understand that becoming an astronaut is demanding and require
sacrifice to reach dreams. Have you had to leave out aspects of your
personal life to achieve your goal?
20. In the spaceship, there are Astronauts from many countries where the
time is not the same. What time is it in the ISS and why?
21. Who influence or encourage you to become an astronaut?
22. How do you get rid of all the garbage? Do you throw them in space?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be obtained by subscribing to the SAREX maillist. To subscribe, go to http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/ and choose "How to Subscribe".
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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