[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ

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Mon May 21 10:29:08 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, AZ on 24 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:00 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KF7RCV. The contact should be audible over western portions 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.


Northland Preparatory Academy is a public charter school located in Flagstaff, Arizona currently serving 559 students in grades 6-12. Founded in 1996 by a group of parents determined to provide a rigorous education for their children, NPA is a thriving learning community and has already established an excellent track record of preparing students for college success. NPA does not have selective entrance requirements; its students gain admission through a lottery which determines a waiting list for available spots. NPA is fully accredited by the North Central Association/AdvancEd.


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


1.  How can you tell when to go to sleep in space?

2.  Do solar flares affect your life in space?

3.  Why do you do experiments in space when we do not live in space?

4.  What goes through your head when you think you are spending the next 6 

    months away from home?

5.  Do you still catch colds and the flu in space?

6.  Do you conserve resources such as water, electricity, etc. since you only 

    have a limited amount?

7.  How do you swallow water without gravity to bring it down your throat?

8.  What are some of your daily activities on the ISS?

9.  What was the toughest obstacle that you had to get around to be where you 

    are now?

10. Between launch and re-entry which one scares you the most and why?

11. How has being in space changed your perspective of Earth and life on 


12. What differences are you finding between plants grown in space and here 

    on Earth?

13. Do you ever get claustrophobic while living on the ISS?

14. Besides family and loved ones, what do you miss the most from Earth?

15. Did you get to bring any photos or persona items to the ISS?

16. Do you ever get sick from floating around?

17. How do you avoid hitting an object floating around the Earth?

18. How long did it take you to learn all the cool buttons and gadgets in the 


19. How hard is it to adjust to the schedule on the space station?

20. When you are sleeping in space do you ever get "that sensation of 

    falling" that you can sometimes experience here on earth?

21. What made you want to be an astronaut?

22. Does everyone there have a specific job?



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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