Thursday 25 April 2013 ARISS contact with school in Nunavut, Canada. Downlink audible in Europe.
International Space Station school contact is scheduled with
participants at Maani Ulujuk High School, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut,
Canada. Astronaut will be Chris Hadfield KC5RNJ/VA3OOG. The event is to
begin at approximately 14:34:36 UTC, which is 16:34:36 CEST.
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.
Ilinniarvik (MUI) is located in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (Population
Approximately 3000) on the North west side of Hudson Bay. It is one of
three schools in the Rankin Inlet system and hosts grades 7 - 12. The
current Maani Ulujuk building is approximately 32 years old and is the
second of two buildings with the same name; the first being destroyed by
fire. MUI was named after an Elder( Maani Ulujuk), who at the time of
its naming, was the oldest elder in the community. There are 353
students, 24 teachers, 6 Student Support Assistants, 1 Secretary, 1
School Community Counsellor and 2 caretakers.
Even though we
dont have a space club, we do have a vibrant Science program which
hosts a science fair annually and students have been exposed to the
space program in the curriculum. Students and staff were excited last
year when we were slated to do a space hookup in April; however, it did
get cancelled and we are pleased that it is on again for this year.
at MUI are great young leaders and they love to participate in novel
events such as contacting the astronauts on the Space Station. This
will be an awesome event and we look forward to participating.
Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. Is it different breathing on Space Station than on earth?
2. How many toilets are on space station and how long does it take to train to use them?
3. What do you eat and can you eat everything you do on earth?
4. How long did you train to become an Astronaut?
5. What do you wear daily and does your Space Suit need to be near in case of emergencies?
6. How long did it take you to travel to Space Station and is coming back the same?
7. How many people are on board with you and what is the most amount of people at one time?
8. How long will you be on Space Station and how long could you stay?
9. How do you wash and how often?
10. How fast is the Space Station travelling and can you feel it?
11. Can you see the Northern Lights from up there?
12. Do you see sunsets and sunrises?
13. What's the coolest or most interesting thing you have seen so far?
14. How often do you contact Family and/or Friends?
15. Will you ever go back into Space after this mission?
16. Did you have fun singing with the Bare-naked Ladies Band?
is an international educational outreach program partnering the
participating space agencies, NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA,
JAXA, and CSA, with the AMSAT and IARU organizations from participating countries.
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