Tuesday April 23, ARISS contact with school in Maine, USA. Downlink audible in Europe.
International Space Station school contact is scheduled with
participants at Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, Maine, USA.
Astronaut will be Christopher J. Cassidy, KF5KDR. Maine is Cassidys
home state. The event is to begin at approximately 14:38:47 UTC, which
is 16:38:47 CEST.
The contact will be a telebridge operated by
IK1SLD, located in North Italy. Interested parties in Europe are invited
to listen to dowlink signals on 145.800 MHz FM.
an arrangement proposed by the Bates College Museum of Art in
conjunction with our 2012 exhibition Starstruck: The Fine Art of
Astrophotography, local 8th Grade students are preparing to talk with
astronauts on the International Space Station in April through the
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program (ARISS). Please
keep up-to-date on contact details through bates.edu/museum/events/
from the Auburn and Lewiston middle schools will take part in the live
radio communication. Members of ARISS were excited by how our project
brought the world of art and creativity into a program aimed at science,
technology, engineering and math classrooms. To prepare for the
contact, students visited the exhibition as part of their space science
unit, researched comets and geomagnetic storms, modeled the solar
system, explored citizen-science projects like Galaxy Zoo, and, using
NASAs Astronomy Picture of the Day as a model, researched Starstruck
images and wrote paragraphs explaining their significance.
gratifying to see an art exhibition ignite so much interest in such a
wide variety of subjects, and especially to see a reunification of art
and science achieved through this exhibition and the ARISS program.
Senators Angus King and Susan Collins and Congressman Michael Michaud have been invited to attend the event.
Participants will ask as many of the following multilingual questions as time allows:
1. Alex: What are the biggest struggles of living on the Space Station?
Julia M: What would you like to see NASA accomplish soon such as a
manned mission to Mars to extensive zero-gravity experiments?
3. Emily R: In your opinion, what are the most beneficial or useful experiments in space?
4. Abshir A: Does all of the electricity come from the solar panels or is there another natural resource that the ISS uses?
5. Emily R: How will determining the accuracy of the MRI help doctors here on Earth?
6. Thomas J: After all of your training, what was your hardest task in space, and whats your greatest achievement?
Brenna E: Have any of the algorithms made by students to operate the
spheres satellite on board the space station been successful?
8. Megan G: Explain the training that takes place underwater and its similarity with the feeling in space.
9. Destiny: Has there ever been a surprise illness or emergency, what happened?
10. Kyla H: If I wanted to become an astronaut when I grew up, what advice would you give me?
11. Megan M.: Can any diseases or disabilities be caused by going to space?
Leona: Are there ISS experiments that deal with the psychological
stresses of being in space or away from loved ones for extended
13. Paige: What would be the challenges to having a baby or doing surgery in space?
14. Kasey T: What does everything look like outside of the space station? What do the planets, sun and stars look like?
15. Faith R.: What animals are allowed on the ISS?
16. Patric R.: When you launched into space, how many Gs did you experience on the way up? What does it feel like?
17. Dylan M.: How is working in limited gravity interesting and challenging?
18. Antonio B: What is your biggest fear in space?
19. Rachel: How do you keep the ISS clean?
Angelina N: How exactly would you describe the sensation of suddenly
going weightless from passing through Earths atmosphere?
21. Chase: What kinds of disagreements happen on the ISS and how do you resolve them?
22. Noah: How difficult is it to sleep in space?
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
ARISS offers an opportunity for students to experience
the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers
onboard 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.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF