[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with United Space School, Seabrook, TX

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Sat Jul 25 05:25:03 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at United Space School, Seabrook, TX on 28 July. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 12:52 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 NA1SS and W6SRJ. The contact should be audible over the west coast of the U.S. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.



The United Space School is the premier educational program hosted by the Foundation for International Space Education (FISE). For two weeks each summer, FISE invites approximately 50 students from 23 different countries to the Clear Lake, Texas area to introduce them to aspects of working in the space sciences. During their stay, the students work together in teams to assemble a manned mission to Mars, utilizing knowledge gained from guest lecturers and interactive field trips. The Foundation for International Space Education Board of Directors has two head teachers and five team mentors to assist the students in their day-to-day activities. United Space School culminates in a project presentation, in which the students present their final project to a panel of industry experts and the public. Upon successful completion of their final project presentation, the students are awarded a graduation certificate. 



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


1.   How has your understanding of the universe changed now that you are 

     seeing it from space?

2.  What do you think about the plans of some multi-billion dollar investors 

    to mine raw materials on asteroids and satellites? 

3.  If you were in an emergency situation inside the ISS where an ammonia 

    leak is quite high and the hatches don't work, what would you propose as 

    escape route to save you and your team, and why?

4.  What is the most interesting experiment to perform, and why?

5.  Do you see the speed of space travel progressing much further than the 

    point it's at now (within our own solar system)?

6.  When you return to Earth what do you think you will miss most about the 

    Space Station?

7.  What are your expectations of the manned trip to Mars?

8.  Isn't the NanoRacks deployer a cool temperature when it's actually 


9.  How do you maintain a natural sleep pattern aboard the ISS?

10.  What were the steps you took to become an astronaut? Do you have any 

     advice for those of us who wish to go into space?

11.  What do you think the biggest challenge to the space industry today, 

     besides budget?

12.  In terms of hardware, if you could have one thing installed on the ISS, 

     what would it be?

13.  What went through your mind while listening to the final countdown 

     before lift-off?

14.  How does the ISS keep away from space junk?

15.  What are the first effects that you feel in zero gravity?

16.  What was a favorite experience of yours while in space school?

17.  How many meals do you eat in a day, and has your appetite changed at 


18.  Is moving around in microgravity conditions always fun, or does it get 

     uncomfortable and annoying?

19.  What do you think the most important decision you made that put you on 

     the path to becoming an astronaut?

20.  Have you ever seen anything weird in space you couldn't explain?

21.  What planet would you like to investigate more, aside from Mars?







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Next planned event(s):


   1.   23rd World Scout Jamboree Nippon Boy Scout Amateur Radio Club,   


        Japan, direct via 8N23WSJ

        The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

        The scheduled astronaut is Kjell Lindgren  KO5MOS

        Contact is a go for: Fri 2015-07-31 11:26 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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