[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Mill Springs Academy, Alpharetta, GA

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Mon Sep 2 20:14:56 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Mill Springs Academy, Alpharetta, GA on 04 Sept. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 14:15 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between NA1SS and KK4OVR. The contact should be audible over portions of the 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.



Mill Springs Academy is an accredited independent school with a college-prep program dedicated to the academic, physical and social growth of students who have not realized their full potential in a traditional classroom setting. Since 1981 we have been supporting student learning by raising expectations and developing self-motivation, while providing skills and values for life. 

The population consists of average to above average, students in grades 1-12, with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Disorder. Small classes and an individualized curriculum help them to capitalize on their strengths while learning coping strategies. Mill Springs offers a broad range of fine arts options, a variety of competitive sports, and an extended day program. In the summer months, summer school, summer camp and sport workshops are offered. 

Our 85-acre campus is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and pasture land of Alpharetta. We can be found on Twitter (@millspringsacad), Facebook and Pinterest or on our website: www.millsprings.org Our school motto is Success In School. Success In Life. 


Joining in this ARISS Radio Contact will be students and faculty from the Brandon Hall School. Brandon Hall is located in Dunwoody, another northern suburb of Atlanta. Brandon Hall's mission as a coeducational boarding and day school is to provide a challenging college preparatory experience immersed in technology. Also joining us might be students from Crabapple Crossing Elementary, a nearby public school.



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


1.  What is the most interesting research project you've done on the ISS?

2.  Have you ever seen any big storms or hurricanes or wildfires from space?

3.  What happens to your tears when you cry in space?

4.  What is the prettiest sight you've seen in space?

5.  What does it feel like to experience G forces coming up to the ISS?

6.  How does time pass when there is no distinctive night and day?

7.  Do you use social networks while on the ISS?

8.  What do you do for fun in space that you can't do here on earth?

9.  How does zero gravity affect the things you dream about?

10. How do you get a haircut in space (without hairs getting everywhere)?

11. What are the effects of being in space on your muscles when you return 


12. What made you want to be an astronaut?

13. How do you deal with all the different languages on the ISS?

14. If the space program were taking requests, what would you like delivered 

    to the ISS?

15. What is the most exciting part about being in space?

16. What do you have to do to avoid other things in space?

17. From the ISS, can you see other planets?

18. Is being in space what you thought it would be?

19. How long have you been on the ISS?

20. What kind of training did you have to have to become an astronaut?






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Next planned event(s):


  1.  Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth, MN, direct via WØGKP

      Sat, 07Sept2013, 15:03 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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