[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with NASA Goddard Child Development Center, Greenbelt, MD

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon Sep 10 23:44:24 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at NASA Goddard Child Development Center, Greenbelt, MD on 13 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:43 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and K6DUE. The contact should be audible over the eastern U.S. 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.



Students participating in this contact come from the NASA Goddard Child Development Center (GCDC), the Howard B. Owens Science Center, and the Robert Goddard French Immersion School.


NASA Goddard Child Development Center is located on Goddard Space Flight Center. Over the summer, our students studied the International Space Station for seven weeks. This unit of study included six missions, including astronaut training, life and experiments aboard ISS, and space travel. Our summer program included traveling to see Shuttle Discovery, a visit from astronaut Don Thomas, watching model rockets launch, a planetarium visit, doing science experiments, creating our own ISS modules, and learning about Curiosity. To get into the fun of things, we played a student-selected "wake-up song" each day to get our day going.


Students asking questions from GCDC are enrolled in our kindergarten program.


The Howard B. Owens Science Center is a public school facility in Prince George's County, Maryland. Our learning programs incorporate the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in public schools, private schools, home schools, and Scout troops. We also provide community outreach through our Family Science Events and monthly Friday night planetarium shows. Our facility includes a Challenger Learning Center, a 170-seat planetarium, nature trail, live animal exhibit, computer labs, science laboratories and classrooms. We are located near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


The Robert Goddard French Immersion School is a K-8 magnet program in Prince George's County in which the children are taught in French. The school is located near the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.



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


1.  How would you describe the view from ISS?

2.  What would you say is the scariest or most challenging part of being on 

    the ISS?

3.  Now that you have worked and lived aboard to the ISS, what are your 

    future goals for space travel?

4.  Once you travel back from ISS, what do you do to prepare for life on 

    earth again?

5.  What type of experiences are you currently conducting aboard the ISS?

6.  If you had thanksgiving in space, would the turkey still taste like 

    turkey? Otherwise meaning, is the food good?

7.  Do you wear shoes when you go around the shuttle?

8.  What's your biggest fear when you are in space?

9.  What is it like to sleep and eat on the ISS?

10. What do you miss the most from home?

11. Would recommend future generations to do what you are presently doing?

12. Do you receive information from/about the curiosity rover?

13. How often do you do space walks and what is that like? How long do they 


14. If you could tell us the most important thing you would like for everyone 

    to know about the ISS, what would it be?

15. If you could add/design a module to the ISS, what would it be?

16. How do you vote from space?

17. Do you talk to astronauts from other countries? If so how do you talk to 

    people that do not speak your language?

18. How many years have you been in space? What is your next mission?

19. Have you always wanted to be an astronaut?

20. What is your daily assignment on the ISS?

21. What inspired you to become an astronaut?

22. Why did you want to go on the ISS vs the shuttle?

23. What STEM subject in school has helped you the most with your career?

24. What is your source of water?

25. Is there something that you use so that when you are upside down, you 

    don't feel dizzy?

26. What do you do with your free time?

27. How do you communicate with your family?

28. What happens if you run out of food?

29. What entertainment do you have on the ISS?

30. What is the best location that you have seen from the ISS?



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


Next planned event(s):


   1.  Burns Sci-Tech Charter School, Oak Hill, FL, direct via  KK4KTJ

       Thu, 13Sept12 18:21 UTC 


   2.  Zespól Szkól Technicznych w Kole, Kolo, Poland, direct via  SP3PGZ

       Wed, 19Sept12 07:15 UTC


   3.  Sunset Hills Elementary, San Diego, CA, direct via KI6LZN

       Thu, 20Sept12 17:24 UTC 


   4.  Lafayette Middle School, Lafayette, GA, direct via W4LMS  

       Fri, 21Sept12 15:03 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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