[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC), Vestal, NY

David H Jordan aa4kndhj at gmail.com
Mon Oct 28 10:03:28 PDT 2013

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with
participants at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC), Vestal, NY on
30 Oct. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:32 UTC. The
duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The
contact will be direct between NA1SS and K2ZRO. The contact should be
audible over the east coast of the U.S. 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 Kopernik Observatory & Science Center (KOSC) is a non-profit learning
institution that promotes interdisciplinary education in the fields of
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).   Through its
classes, events and programs, KOSC’s multigenerational approach emphasizes
experiential, engaged and active learning as a model of STEM education in
our region.

Founded in 1973, KOSC has offered hundred of thousands of students of all
ages the opportunity to learn about their world and the universe
surrounding them.  Kopernik’s resources include three permanent telescopes,
a heliostat, weather station, three classrooms, photography lab, computer
lab and amateur radio station.  It also offers a robust outreach program
where its educators go to schools to bring its programs directly into the

KOSC has partnered with Binghamton High School, in Binghamton NY, to offer
their students a series of classes and labs on topics such as radio
communication, satellite orbits, astronomy and life on the International
Space Station (ISS).  Those classes and labs will help the students
understand and prepare for the capstone event: a direct radio contact
between the Amateur Radio Station at KOSC and an astronaut on the ISS.  During
that event those students will have the opportunity to directly ask an
astronaut on the ISS a wide range of questions about life on the ISS and
Space Exploration.

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

1.  What inspired you to become an astronaut?

2.  How do the stars look from space?  Are they brighter or do they look


3.  What do you love the most about being in space that you never expected?

4.  While in space is it more stressful physically or mentally?

5.  Where do you see human exploration of space going in the next 50 years?

6.  Tell us about your training/education to become an astronaut?

7.  Did you have any fears/concerns when you first went to the ISS?

8.  What do you miss most about being on earth that you never expected to

    miss at all?

9.  What happens if you become ill on the space station?

10. What challenges do you find in living in 0g environment?

11. What is the food like on ISS?

12. How do you go to the bathroom and where does it go?  Is it

    to go to the bathroom in space?

13  How much  of the natural disasters taking place on Earth, such as

    fires in California or flooding in Colorado are visible from space?

14  On the ISS have you see or witnessed anything particularly peculiar?

15  Do you have any free time?  What do you do for fun?


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Next planned event(s):

  1.  Wallingford STEM Academy/Town of Wallingford, Wallingford, CT,  direct

      via K1SEZ

      Thu, 31Oct.2013, 15:45 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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