[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX

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Thu Jul 16 00:56:16 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Moon Day/Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX

on 18 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:55 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 a telebridge between RSØISS/OR4ISS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the western 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.



Moon Day, the largest annual celebration of space exploration in the state of Texas, is presented jointly by the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas and the National Space Society of North Texas.  This STEM-focused event features three dozen exhibitors with widely varied displays and activities ranging from Van de Graaff generators to portable planetariums.  The first 200 younger visitors receive "Lunar Sample Bags" of space-related magazines, posters, brochures, and other items of lasting interest.


Moon Day is held every year on the Saturday closest to the anniversary of the first human footsteps on our Moon, and for 2015 the event is scheduled for July 18.  While honoring previous accomplishments, Moon Day focuses on current and future activities in space exploration.  This year's event, with an anticipated audience of 2,000 visitors, will highlight the International Space Station.


Programs and classes for all ages include model rocket building and launching for younger visitors as well as serious academic presentations for mature audiences.  Many of the activities correlate to requirements for Boy Scout and Girl Scout badges.  This year's programs include presentations from ISS visitor Anousheh Ansari (the first private female space traveler), Dr. James Carter (the creator of simulated Moon soil for NASA), and author and former NASA mission controller Marianne Dyson. 




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


1. How do you get internet?

2. How is your perspective of Earth different from ours who have not been to 


3. What has been your most exciting and memorable experience during your time 

   on the International space station?

4. As you don't have gravity in the Space Station, and nothing drops or drips 

   down, what happens to a scoop of ice cream in space when it melts? Once it 

   has melted, can you suck it up with a straw? Have you ever tried that?

5. What happens to fire in space?

6. What do you eat when in space?

7. What happens if an astronaut gets sick in space?  Do they have a doctor on 

   board? If not, do they have to go back to Earth early for treatment?

8. Has your time on the space station helped in the research of finding a way 

   to send someone to Mars for a longer period of time?     

9. If a meteorite, space junk, or another spacecraft collides with the ISS, 

   or there was a fire on board, what kind of emergency procedures would be 

   performed to ensure station integrity and crew safety?

10. What has been your biggest unexpected obstacle, and how did you solve it 

    and still reach your goal?

11. How do you put on your spacesuit to go out in space?

12. Does time change or stay the same on the space station (how are night and 

    day in space different than on earth)?

13. How long did it take you to get to the Space Station?

14. How do the constellations look different from space?







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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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