[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Cumberland Elementary School, West Lafayette, IN

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sun Oct 28 21:19:26 PDT 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Cumberland Elementary School, West Lafayette, IN on 30 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 17:35 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KA3QAX. The contact should be audible over the 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.


Cumberland Elementary School is a family-oriented school with a tradition of academic excellence. With approximately 600 students and 60 faculty and support personnel, we are able to get to know your children as individuals. Our average class size is 19-21 which allows us to foster strong interpersonal relationships in a safe school environment.


Cumberland Elementary School provides a solid foundation for each student in their individual pursuit of academic excellence. We also regard the arts as an essential component of a well-rounded education. Certified professionals instruct students in art, music, physical education and media skills. Various enrichment and educational activities go beyond enhancing student knowledge to nurture the development of the whole child. Friendships are fostered in French Club, Spanish Club, the Nature Club, and the Math Pentathlon competition. A sense of community spirit and pride is developed through such events as the Cumberland Costume Carnival, Family Math Night, Family Art Night, and musical programs.


In the West Lafayette Community School Corporation children attend Cumberland Elementary School for kindergarten through 3rd grade. Being in close proximity to Purdue University positively impacts the community in a variety of ways. Academic excellence is valued and supported both at home and at school. Our collaborative relationship with Purdue University and the fact that a large percentage of our students' parents are affiliated with the university enables us to access a wealth of human and educational resources.



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


1.  What does the inside of the space station look like?

2.  Where does the waste go?

3.  How did you get into the space capsule?

4.  What is it like to miss your family on the space station?

5.  What is the temperature outside of the ISS?

6.  How do you get into the Space Station without letting air get out?

7.  How long does it take to get to the moon in a rocket ship?

8.  Does popcorn pop in space?

9.  What do you study when you are out in space?

10. Do you have animals up there?

11. What is astronaut food like?

12. How far away is the moon?

13. What does space look like?

14. What happens when someone becomes sick or hurt on the ISS?

15. What do you do in an emergency?

16. Does the temperature around the outside of the ISS stay relatively the 

    same year round?

17. How do you cook food on the station?

18. How long does it take to get to the moon in a rocket ship?

19. How the astronauts stay in bed without falling out since there is no 


20. Is there wind in outer space?

21. Do they carry a repair kit if something tears their suit?

22. Is there a doctor on the ISS if an astronaut gets sick?

23. Have they ever run out of a particular supply?

24. How many hours are they allowed to sleep per day?

25. Does spending time in space make an astronaut feel more tired than on 


26. What was your favorite subject in school?

27. If you weren't an astronaut what job would you like to have?

28. What do the continents look like from space?

29. What other schools have you talked to from space?

30. What jobs do you have on the space station?

31. What do hurricanes look like from space?

32. What did you think about Felix Baumgartner's jump?



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



Next planned event(s):



  1. Primarschule Aesch, Forch, Switzerland, direct via  HB9TSO

     Fri 02Nov12 13:47 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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