An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Milton, Ontario on 06 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 20:25 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and LU8YY. The contact should be audible over portions of South America. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is a national organization sponsored by the Canadian Forces and its civilian counterpart, the Air Cadet League. The aim of the program is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate interest in the air activities of the Canadian Forces. Cadet membership is open to all boys and girls ages 12-18 and is administered by specially trained Canadian Forces reserve members. There is no cost to join and uniforms are provided. 820 Chris Hadfield Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron is proudly named after Commander C Hadfield who was a member at the unit in his youth.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. When I was five, I watched a space documentary on
extraterrestrial life & the great possibility of mankind not
being alone. From then on I had a fascination with
space. What prompted your admiration for space?
2. Was being an astronaut always your dream? What was the path you
took to pursue your dream?
3. What was the hardest obstacle you have had to conquer in
achieving your dream?
4. Have you ever wanted to be something else besides an astronaut?
5. What was the hardest training you had to do to complete your
training? How long did your training take?
6. What are the procedures that take place if there was suddenly a
hole in the ISS?
7. Have you had any "whoa, they didn't cover that bit in training"
8. Have the telescopes on the ISS been able to spot any new sources
of light in the distance?
9. What is your favourite experiment that is taking place onboard
the ISS and why?
10. We truly appreciate all the effort, dedication, and hard work
you've put it to become an astronaut. What are your thoughts on
the commercialization of space travel, such as the virgin
galactica, where people can pay huge amounts of money to go into
11. Does Nasa plan on reaching Mars or other celestial objects in
the future and do you want to be a part of these missions or is
\ this your last time in space.
12. What would you say if one day you were the first person to make
contact with extra-terrestrials?
13. We know you are able to speak to family and friends fairly often,
but how do you deal with being so disconnected from society?
14. You stay very busy onboard the ISS and are well trained for your
mission, but in your quietest moments do you experience fear? If
yes, what kind of fears?
15. How do you feel about the fact that you are now the first
Canadian commander of the International Space Station?
16. Is singing in space different than singing on earth? What's the
next song you want to sing from space and with who?
17. What experience on Earth most closely feels like a space flight?
18. Because the weightlessness in space causes muscle decay and
exercise is mandatory, is there a need for muscle retaining
medications in order to maintain a healthy
19. Did you ever feel scared going into space?
20. How do you feel being in the space station for six months?
21. Do you have an inspiration, something/someone who has inspired
you to become the person you are today?
22. Based on observations from the space station, are you able to
assist in meteorologist's work?
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".
Next planned event(s):
1. Sir George Simpson Jr. High, Albert, AB, Canada, telebridge via
Tue, 09Apr2013, 20:00 UTC
2. Innalik School, Inukjuak, Nunavut, Canada, telebridge via IK1SLD
Fri, 12Apr2013, 17:30 UTC
Due to continuing Space X operations, the above times are subject to last
minute changes or cancellations.
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