[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Des Cardinaux School, Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Sat Mar 23 21:14:36 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Des Cardinaux School, Sainte-Rose, Laval, Quebec, Canada on 26 Mar. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 13:13 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and K6DUE. 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 French.


Our school is located in the Sainte-Rose, Laval. Our school is a French primary school which includes preschool students in the second year of the third cycle. It has approximately 580 students. Cedrick brought the idea of the ARISS contact; it is a privilege for the students and the teachers to have this opportunity to talk with a Canadian astronaut that is commanding the ISS. It is in those times you realize that there are no dreams that are impossible to reach, you just need to find your way.




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


1.   How do you stay connected to various social networks like Twitter and 


2.   Are you communication with your family through radio amator and what are 

     the call sign for the Space?

3.   From space, do you see signs that Spring season is coming? If so what 

     are they?

4.   Why during a stay in space Astronauts grow a few inches and how come 
     they get back their original height when they are back on Earth?

5.   In a «normal» business, an employee is entitled to Sick days and can 

     stay home. What do you do in these cases and what would happens in case 

     of serious illness when you are on the International Space Station?

6.   Why materials are especially white inside and outside the space station?

7.   How do you create innovations technologies in the ISS?

8.   Where do you find the electricity in the ISS?

9.   In the case of a satellite failure which communicate to the station and 

     Earth, and there would be a meteorite that seems to happen in one of 

     your tracks, how could you communicate and how could you change you 


10.  Did you ever hesitate on your career choice and consider doing something 

     else? What motivated you to pursue your path and to persevere?

11.  Do you see the Earth turning on itself?

12.  How many astronauts can stay in the ISS at the same time?

13.  Did you see other planets in the space?

14.  What are your main responsibilities aboard the spacecraft for this 


15.  Here we see the changes in the spring season in nature, is there also 

     season on other planets?

16.  What do you eat in space?

17.  Did you see the meteorite that fall in Russia?

18.  Several technological innovation have been discovers or improved during 

     missions. According to you, which one up to now has been having the most 

     impact on our daily lives?

19.  We understand that becoming an astronaut is demanding and require 

     sacrifice to reach dreams. Have you had to leave out aspects of your 

     personal life to achieve your goal? 

20.  In the spaceship, there are Astronauts from many countries where the 

     time is not the same. What time is it in the ISS and why?

21.  Who influence or encourage you to become an astronaut?

22.  How do you get rid of all the garbage? Do you throw them in space?



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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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