An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at International Space University, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France on 21 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:36 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.
The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and F6KQV. The contact should be audible over portions of France and 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 International Space University (www.isunet.edu) provides graduate-level training to the future leaders of the emerging global space community at its Central Campus in Strasbourg, France, and at locations around the world. In its two-month Space Studies Program and one-year Masters program, ISU offers its students a unique Core Curriculum covering all disciplines related to space programs and enterprises - space science, space engineering, systems engineering, space policy and law, business and management, and space and society. Both programs also involve an intense student research Team Project providing international graduate students and young space professionals the opportunity to solve complex problems by working together in an intercultural environment. Since its founding in 1987, ISU has graduated more than 2900 students from 100 countries. Together with hundreds of ISU faculty and lecturers from around the world, ISU alumni comprise an extremely effective network of space professionals and leaders that actively facilitates individual career growth, professional activities and international space cooperation.
The International Space University develops the future leaders of the world space community by providing interdisciplinary educational programs to students and space professionals in an international, intercultural environment. ISU also serves as a neutral international forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas on challenging issues related to space and space applications. ISU programs impart critical skills essential to future space initiatives in the public and private sectors while they: . inspire enthusiasm . promote international understanding and cooperation . foster an interactive global network of students, teachers and alumni . encourage the innovative development of space for peaceful purposes: to improve life on Earth and advance humanity into space.
ISU is located in Strasbourg, Alsace. Alsace can be found in North East France, and is bordered by the Rhine River to the East, the Vosges mountains to the West, the German plain to the North and the Territoire de Belfort to the South. Strasbourg is the European Capital and lies along the Rhine River, the natural border between France and Germany. It is home of the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the European Court of Human Rights. The city numbers approximately 256,000 inhabitants with a further 200,000 inhabitants in the suburbs which make up the Strasbourg Urban Community.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. What is your favourite and least favourite activity on a day-to-day basis
on the ISS? 2. What is the best part of living on the ISS? 3. Can you drink alcohol on board the station? 4. What is the one item you wish you could eat and drink while on the ISS? 5. How much free time do you have a day, and what do you like to do with it? 6. What experiments are you performing while on the ISS? 7. How does the day/night cycle affect you on the ISS? 8. What is the most significant change in your body that you have noticed in
microgravity? 9. How long did you train for your mission, and what type of training did
you do? 10. Would you change something on the EVA suits? What? 11. Did you always want to be an astronaut and is it like you imagined? 12. Did you ever get scared before going out for EVA? 13. Have you used both the Shuttle and the Soyuz? Which one do you like
better? 14. What is your opinion on transforming the ISS into a space tourism
facility? 15. What is the policy regarding art-works on the ISS? Are there any posters
on the walls? 16. How much contact with mass media do you have while on orbit? 17. Do you keep in touch with the world's news from outer space? 18. What do you think about having space tourists on board the station? 19. Do you consider this to be a spiritual experience? 20. What do you most look forward to when you return to the Earth?
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