[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with John McCrae High School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Tue Apr 16 08:08:32 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at John McCrae High School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada on 17 April. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:05 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.



John McCrae Secondary school is named after the Canadian poet and doctor who during World War I, wrote the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".  With this heritage in mind our school hosts large community Remembrance Day ceremonies every November 11 and celebrates community works of art in the "Red Poppy" gallery.  John McCrae students consistently rank among the best academic performers in the province, gaining post secondary acceptance across North America and winning many entrance scholarships.  Our specialty High Performance Athlete program attracts some of the best young athletes in Ottawa and they have contributed to several recent provincial championships.



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


1.  Do you ever get claustrophobic and/or have you ever been ill while in 


2.  Would you be interested in undertaking a long term mission to another 

    planet ?

3.  Do other celestial bodies appear different from space station than from 


4.  Do physical properties like heat radiation, conduction etc, change in 


5.  When inside a Space Suit, how do you deal with an itch, sickness or 

    possible vomiting?

6.  Have you ever seen odd or unexplained sites going past Space Station?

7.  What kinds of technology do you have for contacting family or for 


8.  Are most foods and drink available or are you restricted on what you 


9.  What are the struggles, personal, professional and political on Space 


10. What inspired you and what was the most challenging issue in becoming an 


11. What expansion/ improvements would you like to see on the ISS?

12. What are the day to day activities of the commanding officer on Space 


13. Do Physiological functions like sneezing, coughing change in zero 


14. How do you orient yourself, do you use instruments for showing/finding 


15. How is personal hygiene managed and how is human waste dealt with?

16. As a Canadian Commanding Space Station, who do you answer too?




Information about the upcoming ARISS contacts can be obtained by subscribing to the SAREX maillist. To subscribe, go to http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/ and choose "How to Subscribe". 


Next planned event(s):

   1. Gray Mountain Primary School, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, telebridge via 


      Sat, 20APR2013, 18:47 UTC 


   2. Bates College Museum of Art, Lewiston, ME, telebridge via IK1SLD

      Tue, 23Apr2013, 14:38 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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