Upcoming school contacts
The ARISS operational team maintains a list of scheduled school contacts, and regularly updates it as necessary to take into account crew workload, and other changes to Space Agency scheduling. This page provides information about what we expect will happen, but readers should be aware that there may always be last minute changes and cancellations.
Tentative list of upcoming school contacts.
Every effort will be made to keep the information on the next contact current, but occasionally, due to other responsibilities, I may not be able to keep the information below up to date. (the webmaster)
The International Space Station's Expedition 34 is now onboard. The following ARISS contacts have been scheduled:
06 December at 20:00 UTC - Kline School, Costa Mesa, California, USA
Kline School, Costa
Mesa, California, USA - Kevin Ford, KF5GPP
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Telebridge station IK1SLD in Italy will call OR4ISS at approximately 20:00 UTC.
Kline School is a small private school serving children ages 5 to 14. Each of the classrooms accommodates an average of 8-10 students and is equipped with SMART Boards and networked computers. All students have access to technology 100% of the time using personal computers and laptops at their individual desks. Using Kline School’s web-based curriculum students study space exploration, space technologies, and amateur radio communications. A special focus is the year-long study of the Apollo program. Students participate meaningfully in discussions about the history and development of the International Space Station. Using the N.A.S.A. website they learn about the necessary adaptations to living in space. We think of the ARISS contact as the real world application of our students’ studies of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The following questions, generated by students attending the Kline School, will be asked, as time allows:
1. Were you already a HAM operator before going into space or did you learn
so you could become part of the ARISS program?
2. How do you re-position the ISS if you need to change its orbit or dodge some space junk?
3. Are you permitted to move about the space station at will or do some areas require clearance?
4. Is there a math concept that when you were learning it you said “What will I ever use this for” that you now find yourself using regularly aboard the space station?
5. What specialized training do you receive to prepare for EVAs?
6. If you were able to see the solar eclipse on November 13-14, what did it look like?
7. Are any aircraft within the earth’s atmosphere visible and if so, is this of any value?
8. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the last lunar landing mission, Apollo 17, what achievements do you anticipate us celebrating 40 years from now?
9. When you work on projects with astronauts from other countries do the language differences cause any problems?
10. In your free time, have you ever made an important “accidental” discovery?
11. What is the emergency medical plan for a serious illness or injury?
12. Is it difficult to readjust to walking in 1-G on earth after months in micro-gravity?
13. Are you able to see shooting stars?
14. Do the 30 second periods of weightlessness aboard the “Vomit Comet” adequately prepare you for the long durations of micro-gravity?
15. If you could write your own space mission, what would it be?
16. Are there any experiments that started with the Apollo program that you are still carrying out today?
17. When performing Crew Earth Observation experiments, do you see any weather phenomena that are undetectable from earth?
18. Are the computers aboard the ISS like our PCs and MACs or are they more sophisticated?
19. Do you access the Internet the same way we do on earth?
20. If there is a solar flare event, do you take special precautions?
As always, the ISS will be audible to anyone listening in on the 145.80 MHz downlink.
*Note* - for telebridge contacts, the ground station will NOT be near the school that is contacting the ISS.
Please note, the amateur equipment on the ISS will be turned off prior to the beginning of the contact. It will be returned to service as quickly as possible.
Upcoming ARISS events can be found at http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/news/arissnews.rtf The next scheduled event is a contact with students attending Kline School in Costa Mesa, California, USA on Thursday, December 6 at approximately 20:00 UTC. This will be a telebridge contact via station IK1SLD in Italy.
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.rac.ca/ariss (graciously hosted by the Radio Amateurs of Canada). Information about the next scheduled ARISS contact can be found at http://www.rac.ca/ariss/upcoming.htm#NextContact.
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