[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Uplands Elementary School, Penticton, BC, Canada

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Feb 19 08:37:18 PST 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Uplands Elementary School, Penticton, BC, Canada on 22 Feb. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:36 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.



You will be talking to students (K-6) throughout the South Okanagan & Similkameen Valleys in beautiful BC.  We have students & home school students from Penticton, West Bench, Oliver & Keremeos. The event is being hosted at Uplands Elementary, a school located in Penticton.  Lisa Edwards, Principal, believes that students can "SOAR with a view to excellence" in the right environment.  There have been a team of people in the community whose goal is to make the Ham Radio contact with you a part of a wider educational experience that will inspire students & educators to continue to explore STEM & space exploration for years to come.  Thank you for your time and inspiration Chris!!!



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


1.  How long have you been a Ham Radio operator and how did you get started?

2.  I've heard that you're collecting specimens of dark matter? What are you 

    looking for?

3.  How did you get chosen for this mission?

4.  Do you ever forget how to do things when you come back to earth? 

5.  What type of hospital is set up on the ISS and how would you deal with 

    someone who got seriously hurt or ill?

6.  When you play the guitar does the weightless environment change the 


7.  What is the most beautiful or interesting part of the world (to view) 

    from space?

8.  I'm wondering if you have ever failed at a mission?

9.  How is Oxygen made on the ISS and how do you get rid of Carbon Dioxide to 

    make the air safe?

10. Do you miss not hearing the birds sing?

11. Do you sleep well on the space station? 

12. What would you do if there were a fire on the Space Station?

13. How do you avoid asteroids?

14. Do the windows freeze up?

15. How do you measure your time? Do you keep to a 24 hour day?

16. How do you access the Internet on the ISS?

17. What have been the most exciting experiments you have done? 

18. Who decides which missions happen and how do they choose?

19. When you looked out the window at Earth for the first time how did you 


20. How do you get fresh air in space?

21. Why is the International Space Station in space?

22. How did you feel when you went outside the ISS for the first time in a 

    space suit and what in your space walk was most surprising?

23. Is there any space matter that attaches itself to the ISS that has to be 

    scraped off?





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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