[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Dilworth Elementary School, San Jose, CA

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Fri Mar 2 22:23:17 PST 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Dilworth Elementary School, San Jose, CA on 05 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:33 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and AA6W. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



Dilworth School serves students in Kindergarten through 5th grade and is located in a suburban setting in west San Jose. Dilworth School staff is committed to a child-centered, sound instructional program that emphasizes basic skill building, the process of learning, character education and a variety of opportunities for enrichment. We consider each student a unique individual whose educational and social growth is guided toward the goal of becoming a productive, responsible informed citizen in our society. Since the inception of the statewide STAR test and API rankings, Dilworth has been recognized as a high performing school, and we continue to meet our growth targets. In concert with academic focus, student's overall social and emotional needs are supported through classroom, school activities, and support services.

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



1.  Is traveling on a shuttle in space different than traveling in an 

    airplane on Earth?

2.  Is it difficult to write in space? If so, why?

3.  When you leave the Earth's atmosphere, what happens to you physically?

4.  How many years of training do you have to go through before you can 

    actually go to space?

5.  Can you tell when it's day or night while in space?

6.  Does your body feel different in space?

7.  What is the most challenging thing to do in space?

8.  When you enter space, how do you feel emotionally?

9.  In the event of an emergency, how do you all evacuate?

10. How many missions does the average astronauts go on?

11. How do you know if you have enough oxygen if you are constantly using it?

12. Does anything happen to spaceships when entering an atmosphere? If so, 

    why does it happen?

13. Can there be a fire on the space station and if so, how would you put it 


14. What do astronauts do for entertainment in space?

15. How do you eat in space?

16. Why do astronauts wear white spacesuits?

17. Are there health concerns if you are in space for too long?

18. While in space, what food do you miss the most?

19. What experiments are you currently conducting?

20. How do you shower in space?



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


Next planned event(s):


  1.  ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, telebridge via ON4ISS

      Tue 6 Mar 2012, 13:11 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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