An International Space Station Expedition 14 ARISS school contact has been planned with students at University School, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA on 16 March. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:15 UTC.
The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and K8RBV. The contact should be audible in the central and Eastern North America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.
EchoLink - The audio from this contact will be available on the EchoLink *AMSAT* (node 101 377) and the *JK1ZRW* (node 277 208) conference rooms. Please connect to the *JK1ZRW* server to keep the load light on the *AMSAT* server. This will ensure good audio quality for all listeners.
University School is a K-12 independent (private) school for boys near Cleveland, Ohio with two campuses. Our campus in Shaker Heights (grades K-8) has been operating a full size space shuttle simulator mockup since 1990. The simulator includes the flight and mid decks of the space shuttle, a mission control area, a nodule of the International Space Station, and even an airplane simulator. There are approximately 440 boys on our K-8 campus, all of whom seem very excited about the opportunity this campus has to talk to the International Space Station. The school was founded in 1890 and prepares boys for admission into college.
The Shaker Heights campus is located on 32 acres in Shaker Heights, an eastern Cleveland suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Shaker Heights is a residential community noted for having two rapid transit lines, tree-lined streets, and beautiful lakes and parks.
Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What thing most surprised you in space - something you didn't expect? 2. Are there any fears that you got when you went to the ISS? 3. Can you see the constellations from the space station? 4. If you were on the ISS alone and none of the space suits were working and you had enough power to call, who would you call? 5. What does it feel like to hold the world record for the longest space walk for women? 6. Would you ever bring your dog into space in an experiment or just to be with you? 7. What does it feel like to be in the middle of a launch? 8. We are studying the nemotoids on the ISS through the Orion Quest Program. Have you had any contact with this experiment? 9. How will this mission help promote future space expeditions? 10. Does music sound different in space? 11. Are zero gravity conditions as fun as they look? 12. What is the one thing you miss the most in space? 13. Is it hard to sleep in space? 14. How does it feel to re-enter the earth's atmosphere. 15. What do you do if you get bored? 16. Do you ever get motion sickness when you're flying in space? 17. What does it feel like to be in zero gravity? 18. What is your favorite in space activity not including EVA's? 19. Why do you wear white space suits? 20. How much contact do you personally have with any school related projects on the space Station? 21. How will this mission be a model for new missions to look back and make changes for the future? 22. During free time do astronauts listen to music? 23. When you look out into space do you see something that looks like a television picture or does it have real depth like a 3-D picture? 24. How many times have you been to space?
Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS is not functioning in the automatic modes properly and may be silent more than usual. Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact .
Next planned event(s): East Aurora Middle School, East Aurora, New York, telebridge via ZS6BTD, Mon 2007-03-19 13:04 UTC Juvenile Space Club in Tatsuno, Tatsunomachi, Nagano-pref, Japan, direct via 8J0T, Sat 2007-03-24 00:39 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.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73, Kenneth - N5VHO