[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with The Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc, Gary, IN

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Mon May 6 19:28:56 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at The Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc, Gary, IN on 08 May. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 19:35 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KC9JQN. The contact should be audible over portions of the mid and eastern U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The Gary Literacy Coalition, Inc. serves as the primary literacy collaborative in the City of Gary and neighboring communities. GLC supports, promotes, enhances, and coordinates the accessibility of literacy opportunities, thus making .Gary, "A Reading City." GLC has maintained a close partnership with the Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC). The GLC/GCSC partnership allows the operation of the "Learning Partner" Mentoring Project. This mentoring initiative is a motivational endeavor offering an arm of support to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students enrolled in the GCSC gender academies; Dr. Bernard C. Watson Academy for Boys and Frankie Woods-McCullough Academy for Girls. The GCSC is an urban public school district challenged to expand and enhance educational experiences for the approximately 10,000 students that it serves. A large percentage of these students reside in single-parent homes and/or low -income families. A collaboration of students from Lew Wallace STEM Academy, Bernard C. Watson Academy for Boys, Frankie Woods McCullough Academy for Girls and NU-Tech Academy will be program participants. These students range in grade levels 4 through 12.



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


1.  If the space station's power shuts down, what do you do?

2.  How did you feel when you returned to earth?

3.  How long does your oxygen last outside the station?

4.  Do you exercise aboard the station, and if so, what kind of exercises?

5.  What is used to power the space station?

6.  How long have you been aboard the space station?

7.  What kind of degree do you need to become an astronaut?

8.  Do you feel like you are aging because you're orbiting at such great     


9.  What does zero gravity feel like and does it affect your thinking?

10. Do you think an astronaut would land on Mars?

11. Are there astronauts from other countries on the space station?

12. What do you do when you get bored?

13. Have you ever failed a mission while in space?

14. Can you post your status on Facebook or Tweeter from the space station?

15. How long does it take to adjust to the earth's gravity when you return 


16. What is the most amazing thing you've seen while in space?





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Next planned event(s):


  1.  Yellowknife R.C.M.P.  Headquarters, Yellowknife, NWT, Canada,  

      telebridge via K6DUE

      Sat, 11May2013, 18:46 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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