[sarex] Upcoming ARISS contact with Space Jam 9, Rantoul, IL

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Thu Aug 6 01:37:38 UTC 2015

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at Space Jam 9, Rantoul, IL on 08 Aug. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 16:58 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 OR4ISS and IK1SLD. The contact should be audible over Italy 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.



Greetings to all stations from the participants and volunteers of Space Jam 9 in Rantoul, Illinois. Though primarily a weekend Scouting and STEM education event, we are open to all interested youth.  Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts from 24 states have come together in an educational and fun format to learn more about the life skills that will prepare them for the increasingly complex technological future.  Training is our theme this year.  While it is well known that Scouting teaches pioneering skills like camping and wilderness survival, the new pioneers and wilderness are in outer space and we are working hard at 44 technology oriented Merit Badges and activities, plus some fun things like the Duct Tape Merit Badge.  Talking to the astronauts on the ISS is an unforgettable part of the experience at Space Jam and that's next on our list.  We will not know for many years whether one of these youths becomes an astronaut themselves but it is certain that they are all part of tomorrow's leaders. 


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


1. How do you train to sleep in space?

2. What type of engine propulsion will we use to go to Mars?

3. Could we drop containers to the Mars surface but leave the engine in 


4. Would a steam powered train whistle work in space?

5. How long did you train for this mission?

6. Could ribbons be stretched to an Earth orbiting station & used as tracks 

   to reach orbit?

7. Could ribbons be stretched to a Mars orbiting station & used as tracks to  

   reach orbit?

8. If a ship left Mars, traveling 17,500 mph, what is the shortest time it 

   could take to reach Earth. 

9. Imagine you are the engineer on a shuttle that goes back and forth between 

   Earth orbit and Mars orbit; what year would it be? 

10. Are you still training for future missions?

11. What is your favorite food on the space station? 

12. How many bits of space junk does NASA track & how can we reduce the 


13. Are there earth-bound disabilities that might be irrelevant in space 


14. Is there art on the walls of the ISS or do you see examples of the Arts 

    in space?

15. If we found cave art on Mars what do you imagine it would depict?

16. Are there any musical instruments on the ISS? 

17. Every discipline can be an art; from the people who sew the stitches on a 

    space suit to a computer programmer, aren't we all artists when we do our 


18. The theme for SJ 10 will be the Arts; should STEM education be 

    changed to STEAM? 

19. What music do you listen to on the ISS? 

20. What is your favorite form of art? 

21. How is the espresso machine working?

22. What fresh foods do you most look forward to on delivery day?

23. When will we first set foot on Mars?

24. When will we go back to the Moon?   






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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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