[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with ESA Space Camp 2013, Radstadt, Austria

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Thu Jul 18 11:09:13 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at ESA Space Camp 2013, Radstadt, Austria on 24 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 11:44 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be a telebridge between NA1SS and VK4KHZ. The contact should be audible over Australia 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.



The European Space Agency (ESA )space Camp 2013 will be held in Austria at 'JugendhotelBachlehen', 70 km away from Mozart's city of Salzburg, from Sunday 14 July to Sunday 28 July 2013.


165 children aged 8 to 17 years old will be participating in this annual space camp from every ESA establishment in Europe where their parents are working. The children will learn in the spirit of international cooperation and team work to be young space explorers.


The theme of this year's camp is Space Exploration and during the 2 week of the camp the children will be participating in a range of physical and cultural activities which will include space education.


The space education programme will encourage the children problem solve how to get to Mars.


Designing a landing system for a rover.The exploration challenges they face will be based on carrying out practical ideas to solve these challenges. How do we get the rover to Mars - design and construct your rockets and test them with different payloads. Navigation and communication exercises will enable the payload to land in the right place.


On Landing what kinds of aliens will they find? By looking at the biodiversity in extreme environments on Earth they can think about and design a possible Martian life form - how does this compare to those they found on Earth?


Food is going to be important on a long space flight - what kinds of foods will be important and what will they taste like. How will they preserve food?


The ARISS contact will give the children a chance to talk to a crew member on the ISS and enhance their space experience.




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


1.  Do astronauts dream in space?

2.  Do you think you dream differently in space? 

3.  How does the Earth appear when seen from the ISS?  

4.  Today, one hears each day about the effects of the climatic 

    changes and the pollution on our Earth? Do you really see the effects of 

    this pollution aboard  the ISS? 

5.  What interest is there to be/ to go to space? 

6.  Knowing that everything flies on-board the ISS, how do you eat? 

7.  How fast does the rocket travel in space? 

8.  How do you prepare for a spacewalk? 

9.  Could you please describe what impress you most when you look 

    from the window of the ISS? 

10. What is your favorite dish and dessert? Do you miss it in space? 

11. Could you see an earthquake, tsunami or a flooding from space? How 

    would it look like? 

12. What colors of the earth can you recognize from space?  

13. What are three coolest things you have done in space? 

14. Can the International Space Station get lost in space? 

15. Because night and daylight are different in space, and because 

    you are always "floating", I was wondering... is it easy to fall asleep 

    in the ISS? 

16. Could 3D printers revolutionize space exploration? 

17. Although the long training and, I imagine, the long hours 

    spent in imagining yourself out in space, now that you are there, can you 

    tell us     whether you have been through some feeling or 

    experience completely unexpected to you?  

18. How many times  a day do you see the sunset and the sunrise 

    from ISS? 

19. After the great success of Space Oddity, can you give us a song? 

20. How are you dealing with not breathing fresh air? Could you train for   







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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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