[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club, Palm Coast, FL

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Nov 13 21:17:03 PST 2012

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club, Palm Coast, FL on 16 Nov. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:06 UTC.

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


The contact will be direct between NA1SS and W4FPC. The contact should be audible over the east 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.



Indian Trails Middle School is one of thirteen schools within the Flagler County School District, which serves 12,900 students K-12. Indian Trails Middle School serves 840 students in grades 7 and 8 with a teaching staff of 52 professional educators and 35 support staff. Flagler County is a diverse coastal community, with 19 miles of untouched beaches, and 40 parks and preserves nestled between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine.


Indian Trails Middle School's vision is to be a premier academic institution, providing a positive environment, guiding innovative learning where students begin a successful path to achieve their dreams for the 21st century. The school's mission is to prepare their "Mustang Scholars" to be successful in high school by providing a safe environment, conducive to learning, where everyone can build healthy relationships while pursuing academic excellence.

Implementing the Service-Learning Model, students at Indian Trails Middle School get involved with their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects with classroom learning. Service-Learning engages students in the educational process, using what is learned in the classroom to solve real-life problems.  As part of the Service Learning Model, Indian Trails Middle School began working with members of the Flagler Palm Coast Amateur Radio Club and the Palm Coast Astronomy Club, which led to submitting a proposal to host the ARISS contact. District personnel, teachers and student ambassadors from across the school district have come together to organize a spectacular event that will include guest speakers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University along with an array of space exhibits designed by students. All schools in the district will be able to participate in the event through live internet streaming.




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


1.  What do you and your family sacrifice to be able to travel in space?

2.  What are your fitness routines in space?

3.  Can hurricanes be seen from the ISS and can the view be used to predict 

    the force or track of the hurricane?

4.  Does sunspot activity interrupt any of the technology on the ISS?

5.  Is the Sun any brighter in space than on Earth?

6.  Meteors are always pelting the sky; how is the space station protected?

7.  Do you have any "down time" on the ISS, and what do you do for fun?

8.  How does gravity affect your body when you return from space?

9.  Do you feel like the "King of the World" when you look down at Earth?

10. What kinds of experiments are currently being done aboard the ISS?

11. Is being in space really like all the training tests you take, such as 

    the one where you sit in the chair and spin at 360?

12. Have you ever seen a UFO?

13. Do you grow plants for food on the ISS?

14. How would we eliminate the need to return to Earth for food while 

    traveling in space?

15. Are there any animals in space with you?

16. How do you brush your teeth in space?

17. How long did you train and prepare for your trip to the ISS?

18. How do you wash clothes in space?

19. How do you feel knowing that you're a brave hero to thousands of people 

    around the world?

20. What is the temperature in space like?

21. What did you and your crew accomplish on its last extravehicular 


22. Why is it so important to exercise after a mission?

23. Who has the rights to discoveries on the ISS?

24. Do you eat just freeze-dried food and are you able to bring any of your 

    favorite snacks from Earth?



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


Next planned event(s):


  1.  Liceo scientifico Giacinto De Sivo - Fondazione Villaggio dei  Ragazzi, 

      Maddaloni, Italy, telebridge via IK1SLD

      Tue, 2012-11-20 08:31:55 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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