[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Anthony's Parish Primary School, Canberra, Australia

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sun Apr 1 12:56:36 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at St Anthony's Parish Primary School, Canberra, Australia on 03 Apr. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:32 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK5ZAI. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.


St Anthony's School is located in the suburb of Wanniassa, which is part of the central region of the Tuggeranong Valley in the Australian Capital Territory. Currently the school has an enrollment of 528 students with generally three classes in each of 7 Year levels from Kindergarten (the first year of primary school in the ACT) to Year 6. Our average class size is 1 teacher to 26 students. We have a strong Integrated Unit of Inquiry programs that primarily focus on authentic experiences that the ARISS program would facilitate. 



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


1.  What is the most interesting thing you have ever seen out of the Space 

    Station window?

2.  What do you love most about outer space and miss about home?

3.  What are the challenges you face in zero gravity?

4.  If someone is injured, what do you do?

5.  What is your job in outer space?

6.  Is there enough light in space or do you need to use special glasses?

7.  I live really close to Tidbinbilla Space Tracking Station. Is Tidbinbilla 

    involved with this mission?

8.  How long can you stay in space before it effects your health?

9.  I know you can see the Great Wall of China, but can you see any other 

    interesting landmarks on Earth?

10. What do you do in space to entertain yourself?




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


Next planned event(s):





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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