[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, Houston, TX

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sun Jul 8 14:14:49 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars, Houston, TX on 10 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 15:17 UTC.

The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and W6SRJ. 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.


This contact is with a group of high school juniors participating in a summer program called WISH, an acronym for Women in STEM High School Aerospace Scholars. The students are selected from responses to a national invitation to attend multiple robust lessons for six days at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The young women attend briefings, and engage in competitive hands-on engineering activities related to space exploration and research.


The ARISS contact is incorporated into the learning activities early in the week while learning about space communication and wireless technology. Actually conversing with an astronaut by radio will be another hands-on, practical application of what the students have been studying. 



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


1.  Does going into space change your view of everyday life?

2.  When did you first plan on becoming an astronaut?

3.  What was your greatest challenge in becoming an astronaut?

4.  How emotionally and physically intensive was your training?

5.  How has being an astronaut affected your life?

6.  Do you think there are gender personality differences that might affect 

    astronaut's decisions on a mission?

7.  Who or what inspired you to become an astronaut?

8.  What is most personally rewarding about your being an astronaut?

9.  Do you have any input on planning mission objectives?

10. How have you dealt with your toughest challenge of weightlessness?

11. What is the most serious physical problem that living in space poses?

12. What is the most practical scholastic route to becoming an astronaut?

13. What was running through your mind when you first launched into space?

14. When you look at Earth from space, what do you feel or think about?

15. Have unexpected situations during your mission taught you new lessons?

16. How can a girl going into aerospace avoid some pitfalls you have had?

17. What examples of advanced technology have helped you live and work in 


18. What is the most difficult part of returning to earth?

19. What have you learned from the TYPOLOGIA experiment?

20. Has Robonaut 2 been helpful?

21. Are tortillas useful for long-duration flights?

22. Do you use ham radio for personal contacts?



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


Next planned event(s):


  1.  ESA Space Camp, Dublin, Ireland, telebridge via W6SRJ

      Sun, 22 July 2012, 17:25 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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