02 August 2007




An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has been planned with scouts at the 21st. World Scout Jamboree in Chelmsford, England on Saturday August 4th. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 21:11 UTC, which is 22:11 UK time and 23:11 European continental time.


The contact will be a direct between stations NA1SS and GB100J . The contact should be audible in most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz downlink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.


2007 is the Centenary of the Scout Movement which started on the 1st August 1907 when Baden Powell took twenty boys from different backgrounds to Brownsea Island to try out his thoughts.


The 21st. World Scout Jamboree is held at Chelmsford, Essex, England with a theme of 'One World One Promise'.  There are representatives from over 200 countries making up the 32,000 participants and an 8,000 strong

International Service Team.  This is the largest ever Scouting event.


Whilst at the Jamboree, the participants take part in adventurous activities, educational activities such as learning about 'The Element' (Air, Water, Fire and Earth) and a Science Laboratory, 'Global Development'. Each day 4,000 participants leave the Jamboree to help with Community Projects.


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


1.  How do you stop yourself from bumping into objects when you are asleep?

2.  What is the best thing you have seen from space?

3.  Can you see the Sunrise from outer space?

4.  With no fresh meat and vegetables available, what is your typical daily menu?

5.  How long will it take for you to be back to normal after your duty on the Space Station?

6.  Can you see weather features such as Hurricanes and Lightening Storms for the Space Station?

7.  How do you spend your spare time on the Space Station?

8.  Do you have your own room on the Space Station?

9.   Can you receive the TV Soaps on the Space Station?

10.  What made you want to be an Astronaut?

11.  How long do Astronauts spend on the Space Station?

12.  What is the most memorable Occasion, Sight or Activity whilst on the Space Station.

13.  Are you nervous about your return journey to Earth?.

14.  How often are you able to speak to your family from the Space Station?

15.  On a normal day, how long do you work?

16.  What do you miss the most?

17.  How easy is it to get on with each other in the confined space?

18.  What happens to tears when you cry in zero gravity?

19.  Do you see much space debris from other space activity?

20.  Have you ever been a member of the Scout or Guide Movements, if so, has it helped you during your time in space?


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.


Success to the Jamboree and good luck with the space talk!



Gaston Bertels

ARISS-Europe chairman