An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Cherry Creek School District, Centennial, Colorado on 27 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:09 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 Cherry Creek School District is located in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. During the spring, summer and fall breaks kindergarten to eighth-grade students in a gifted and talented program called Inside Out participate in accelerated classes. These 200 or so high achievers focus on subjects which include space science and radio technology. The contact with the ISS will be included in the curriculum for the fall session of Inside Out. The students will learn about UTC, satellite communication, antennas, and communication modes. The goal of the lesson plan is to teach students the importance of time and its application in space communication and exploration.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions (translated) as time allows:
1. Given a choice, what question would you ask an astronaut?
2. Why do we need to do research on the Moon?
3. How much fuel do you use every day?
4. What does space look like from there?
5. Have you ever taken animals to the space station?
6. What happens if you need surgery in space?
7. How do you track time in space?
8. What do you think of the solar gray line from space and do you do
specific studies while briefly over the gray line for any reason?
9. When did you decide to become an astronaut?
10. How big is the Space Station?
11. What is the International Space Station used for?
12. What conclusions come from the moon research?
13. How long are you in space?
14. How many people are in the ship?
15. Where did you take off from?
16. How much does it cost to operate the ISS?
17. How do you get to the ISS now that the shuttle system has ended?
18. How is it possible for us, down on earth to be able to talk to you in
19. How many people can be on the Space Station at one time?
20. How do you use the bathroom and take care of personal hygiene?
Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
Next planned event(s):
1. Space Laboratory, Herzliya Science Centre, Herzliya, Israel, direct
Fri, 28 Oct, 2011 11:25 UTC
2. Kantonsschule Zug, Zug, Switzerland, direct via HB9KSZ
Mon, 31 Oct, 2011 14:56 UTC
3. Sundance Elementary School, San Diego, California, direct via KI6ZUM
Tue, 11 Oct, 2011 20:00 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.ariss.org/ (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada).
Thank you & 73,
David - AA4KN