An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Masakame" event, Shibuya, Japan on 24 Jan. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:21 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and JK1ZRW. The contact should be audible over Japan and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) are televising a regular science program Masakame (means Good Heavens) for young people and their parents.
We are planning to have a special program focusing ARISS program and Amateur radio satellites, etc. on 2015-02-28 on air, with video record of ARISS school contact. Members of contact are TV talent (who has a amateur radio license) and high school students (age 15 to 18).
Questions to be asked:
1. Could you introduce yourself?
(Samantha doesn't appear in the show; only her voice can be heard. So we'd like to hear her talk about herself, including her name and if she's really an astronaut.)
2. Where are you now?
(We'd like to get basic information about the ISS, for example what kind of place it is and how far it is from Earth?)
3. What are you doing on the International Space Station?
(We'd like to know what kind of works astronauts are doing on the ISS, for example what they actually did earlier on the day or what they usually do.)
4. When do you communicate with members of the public on Earth using amateur radio?
(We've heard that astronauts do school contact or speak to people on Earth in their free time via amateur radio. We'd like to know more about these occasions.)
5. Can we talk to you in your free time even if we don't have any appointment? What kind of people have you spoken to via radio?
(We'd like to know in detail what kind of communication astronauts have had so far in their free time. If Samantha has not been involved in such activities, we're happy to hear about other astronauts' experiences.)
6. What did you eat today?
7. What is the hardest thing you have to deal with while living in space?)
8. If there is one thing needed to become an astronaut, what would that be?
9. What kind of stuffs on Earth are visible from the ISS now?
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Next planned event(s):
Istituto Salesiano "G. Bearzi", Udine, Italy, direct via IW3QKU and
Intercultura Onlus, Milano, Italy, telebridge via K6DUE (***)
Contact is presently scheduled to be with NA1SS (***)
The scheduled astronaut is Samantha Cristoforetti IZØUDF
Contact is a go for: Sat 2015-01-31 08:38:59 UTC 68 deg (***)
ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.
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/
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN
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