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

n4csitwo at bellsouth.net n4csitwo at bellsouth.net
Wed Jul 8 04:29:10 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, Vestal, NY on 10 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:05 UTC. It is recommended that you start listening approximately 10 minutes before this time.The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds. The contact will be direct between RSØISS/OR4ISS and K2ZRO. The contact should be audible over portions of the eastern U.S. and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. In case of a technical problem, the backup downlink for this contact will be 145.55 MHz. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The Kopernik Observatory & Science Center is a non-profit informal educational institution that promotes interdisciplinary education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).   Through its classes, events and programs, Kopernik's multigenerational approach emphasizes experiential, engaged and active learning as a model of STEM education in our region.  Founded in 1973, Kopernik 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, computer lab, and amateur radio station.  It also offers a robust outreach program in which its educators bring programs directly into the classroom. 


Kopernik has had two previous ARISS contacts (2010 and 2013). Kopernik has offered middle and high school students attending its summer engineering camps the opportunity to participate in the 2015 ARISS contact and learn about life on the ISS. In preparation for the contact, the camp curriculum will include satellite orbits, satellite tracking, and radio communications. Students will ask the cosmonaut a wide range of questions about life on the ISS and space exploration.




1. How does the space station deal with the threats of that "junk" or steer 

   clear of any natural pieces of space debris - like a meteor or bits and 

   pieces of comets?

2. Do you have any animals aboard the space station?

3. How long can an astronaut stay in space?

4. What kinds of food do you eat and do you gain weight or lose weight?

5. Do you actually have a defined Day and Night, as we do on Earth and do you 

   sleep 8 hours a day?

6. How do the astronauts keep in touch with their families while they are 

   away so long?

7. Does being in space change your view towards earth?

8. What do you like to do for fun in space?

9. Have you gone on a space walk and what did you do?

10. If someone gets sick or needs emergency surgery on board the space 

    station, is there a doctor that can treat them?  

11. Is the space station's orbital constant or does it need to be 

    periodically boosted back into its proper orbit?   If so, how is that 


12. How do you sleep in zero gravity?

13. How is plant grown affected by microgravity?

14. Is it scary to fly in space?

15. Are you able to see pollution from the Space Station?

16. What is a normal day like on the Space Station?







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Next planned event(s):


1.  Moon Day/ Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, Texas

    This will be a telebridge contact through W6SRJ

    Contact is scheduled for 7-18-2015 at 16:55 UTC


ARISS is an international educational outreach program partnering the volunteer support and leadership from AMSAT and IARU societies around the world with the ISS space agencies partners: NASA, Russian Space Agency, ESA, CNES, JAXA, and CSA.


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/ 


Thank you & 73,

David - AA4KN



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