An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Canada Science and Technology Museum Summer Day Camps, Ottawa, ON, Canada on 09 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:39 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.
The Canada Science and Technology Museum is a national museum located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Museum's day camps are a large part of the educational strategy of the Museum to cultivate scientific, technological and engineering literacy in Canada. Our Summer Camps programs have run for over 12 years for children aged 6-12 with a curiosity for science. Each of the five camps has a different theme incorporating various aspects of science, technology and engineering: Adventures in Science (ages 6-8), Gadgets and Gizmos (ages 6-8), Junior Astronomers (ages 6-8), Ultimate Builders (ages 9-12) and Adventures in Robotics (ages 9-12).
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. When you were a kid, did you always know you wanted to be an astronaut?
2. Can you tell us about one of the experiments you're doing on the space
station, and how it will help us back on Earth?
3. I am in the Robotics summer camp at the Museum, and would like to know in
what ways robots are being used on the space station?
4. I am in the Junior Astronomers Camp at the Museum. What is your favourite
planet or moon in our Solar System, and why?
5. Do you ever have a good night's sleep on the space station, and do you
dream the same way as you do on Earth?
6. What is the scariest part of being in space?
7. There are people from around the world on the space station, how do you
choose which countries astronauts come from, and which ones get to
8. My least favourite subject in school is Math, but my teacher tells me it
is important to learn. Do you ever use mathematics as an astronaut
or on the space station?
9. What food do you miss the most from Earth?
10. Why do you think space travel is important to science and engineering?
11. Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman in space. Since then, how
many women have been in space?
12. What are the different jobs an astronaut can have on board the space
13. If you had not become an astronaut, what profession would you be in?
14. Would you ever want to go to on a mission to Mars? Why or why not?
15. What is the most valuable thing you have learned since becoming an
16. What advice would you give to someone who wants to be an astronaut?
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