ARISS contact planned with school in
The Academy@Shawnee is an inner city
high school of about 500 students. It has been designated as the
Today, participating students are
members of the Science Club. Last year, the students designed an experiment
that flew on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Our goal this year is to study
experiments Near Space using high altitude balloons. The venue is in the
The ARISS contact will be a telebridge
operated by ON4ISS, located in
The astronaut answering the questions will probabley be Daniel C. Burbank KC5ZSX.
The contact will be broadcast on EchoLink AMSAT (node 101 377) and JK1ZRW (node 277 208) Conference servers, as well as on IRLP Discovery Reflector 9010.
Students will ask as many of the following questions as time allows.
1. Ashley: Last year we sent an experiment on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. We were testing the effect of microgravity on Lactobacillus GG a bacterium that occurs naturally in the human intestinal tract and aids in digestion, especially of dairy products. Our experiment showed that microgravity had little to no effect on Lactobacillus GG during a 15 day mission. Are there any dairy products in your current diet and have you or any of your crew ever experienced digestive problems that could be contributed to them or the duration of your mission?
2. Darius: How long does it take to regain all your physical ability when you come back to earth? Does exercise on board the ISS have any impact on recovery time and does exercise seem more or less strenuous in microgravity?
3. Sean: What are some of the experiments currently o board the ISS? How does the crew interact with a typical experiment?
4. Bradley: What is a typical day like on the ISS, how much control do you have over your own schedule and is there any down time? If so, how do you use this time?
5. Greg: To what extent is the ISS self sustaining or is there a constant need for resupply from earth? What are some of the features of the ISS that might be used in the construction of spacecraft designed for long duration space flight?
7. Dakota: We know that several companies are planning to commercialize travel to low earth orbit in the near future. What role do you see these private companies playing in the future of space exploration and do you foresee tours to the ISS any time soon?
8. Ben: Can you feel the cold of space through your space suit while on spacewalks? We have been told that an astronaut once said that space has a burnt smell. Have you noticed anything like that?
9. Deondra: When the ISS is occupied with a full crew, how many astronauts will be allowed out on an EVA at one time? How far from the ISS can you go? How long will a typical EVA last. What are the rescue procedures for an EVA?
10. Terry: Are the Rescue Pods used for anything other than an emergency evacuation of the ISS? How are the pods maintained and are they reusable? Why do they need to be changed out every few months?
11. Teddy: Does NASA plan on putting artificial gravity on the ISS? If not, why and would there be any advantages to having gravity from a medical standpoint?
12. Laya: What do you do when you are sick? What is the level of care that can be provided on the ISS? Would it be possible to do minor surgery on the station. How does microgravity impact medical care?
13. De Shaun: What is the coolest thing you have seen or done on the ISS?
14. Justin: What led you to become an astronaut? What do you miss most ( besides family and friends) while living on the ISS?
15. Cody: Describe your diet. With an international crew on board what country provides the meals? Does the fact that you are in space affect food texture or how it tastes?
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 onboard 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.
Gaston Bertels, ON4WF