An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Euro Space Center, Air and Space Day, Transinne, Belgium on 12 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:08 UTC.
The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and WH6PN.The contact is expected to be conducted in English (or Dutch).
As in previous years, on Sunday 12th July 2009 the Euro Space Center is organising the Air and Space Day. During this extraordinary day, over 1000 people come and visit the center. The purpose of this event is to promote space and make the general public more aware of various space related subjects. Indeed, our visitors are invited to discover many activities related to air and space, among which building and launching of water and micro rockets, demonstration and building of kites, tours in a helicopter, demonstration of ULM flights, lift off of an air balloon, Frisbee demonstrations, aeromodelism demonstrations, etc.
The ARISS radio contact will be the topmost event, as students of the Ecole communale de Biesme-sous-Thuin will talk with the Belgian astronaut over Amateur Radio.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions (translated) as time allows:
1. Did you feel any differently from the first time you went up into space?
2. Why did you choose this risky job?
3. Was the preparation training difficult?
4. Is there enough room in the station for 6 people?
5. Has someone already been hurt in the shuttle?
6. In space does time seem longer or shorter than on earth?
7. What amount of water do you have to take up and do you need to have a
8. When you have a shower, doesn't the water float?
9. Will you have to relearn how to walk when you come back on earth?
10. What do you do during your free time?
11. What is your situation for the moment regarding the earth?
12. Where can we train to become an astronaut?
13. Do you have television in space?
14. Are your missions complicated?
15. Do you sleep well in space and have a long night sleep?
16. Is the communication between astronauts easy? What language do you use?
17. Is the docking maneuver between the shuttle and the space station
18. Is the food good? Are you getting used to it?
19. From where you are, can you seen the Great Wall of China?
20. Where do you train before going to space?
21. Have you already been through turbulence?
22. How long will is take you to reach the earth?
23. If you had to keep one good memory of your career, which one would you
24. Have you already done an extra vehicular activity?
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