[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Inuksuk High School, Iqaluit Nunavut, Canada

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Feb 6 09:54:57 PST 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Inuksuk High School, Iqaluit Nunavut, Canada on 08 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:18 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and AH6NM. The contact should be audible over the Hawaii 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 school, with its large gymnasium, is one of only a handful of public structures in the territorial capital. A number of important events have been held there, including a visit by Queen Elizabeth. The gymnasium was also the first temporary home of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut after the territory was created in 1999.

Inuksuk High School is the high school of Iqaluit, the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It offers grades 9 through 12 (ages 14-18) to a student population of about 450. The focus of the school is on teaching Inuit language and culture.


Other schools in Iqaluit include a Middle school Aqsarniit Illinarvik and three elementary schools, Nakasuk School, Joamie Ilinniarvik School, the French-language Ecole de Trois-Soleils and the Inuktitut language elementary, Nanook School, in nearby Apex. Also located in the capital is Nunavut Arctic College, the only post secondary institution in the territory.



Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows: 


1.  How did you get involved in the space program with NASA?

2.  What is the most difficult part of training when preparing to become an 


3.  How did you and your family feel when you got selected for the mission?

4.  What is the most amazing thing about being in space?

5.  What countries are represented on the station?

6.  What kind of research do you do and why?

7.  How is your daily schedule affected without a defined day/night cycle?

8.  How is food prepared and meals done in space?

9.  How are space walks prepared and carried on?

10. How has being in zero gravity affected your body and daily life?

11. What evidence of climate change do you see from space?

12. How do you take care of your daily hygiene needs?

13. How do your waste disposal systems work?

14. How are your medical needs met?

15. What is your biggest fear about traveling in space?

16. How do you keep in contact with family and friends?

17. What are you looking forward to doing the most when back on Earth?

18. After being in space, what is your opinion about life out there?

19. Do you see space travel becoming available to anyone in the future?

20. Why do you think answering young peoples' questions about space is 





Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be found at http://www.ariss.org/upcoming.htm#NextContact. 


Next planned event(s):


   1.  Soumuta Elementary School, Kagoshima, Japan, direct via  8J6SMT

       Sat, 11 Feb 2012, 10:33:11 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


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