October 6, 2007




An International Space Station Expedition 15 ARISS school contact has been planned with participants at Isummasaqvik School, Quaqtag, Quebec, Canada on Wednesday 10 October 2007. The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 18:32 UTC (19:32 UK, 20:32 European continental time).

The contact will be a telebridge between stations NA1SS and ON4ISS. The contact should be audible in most of Europe. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.800 MHz FM downlink. In addition, the audio should be available via IRLP and EchoLink. The participants are expected to conduct the conversation in English.

Population of Quaqtag in the Northern tip of the
Province of Quebec, near Ungava Bay, is 333. Languages are English and Inukitut. School name is Isummasaqvik and the school has 125 students.

There's lots to see on this community's territory, which covers 582 km2 (225 sq. mi.): numerous archeological sites, traditional activities and handicrafts. To the east of the village, the Akpatok has been long recognized as a polar bear and walrus hunting ground.

Participants will ask as many of the following questions as time allows:
1. How do you eat and drink your food in space?
2. What is your job on the Space Station?
3. How and where do you sleep?
4. How many days have you been in space and how many more do you still have left?
5. Can you see Arctic Canada and the Northern Lights from Space?
6. What is the most unusual event that you have seen?
7. What are the temperatures like outside the Space Station?
8. Would you like to travel to Mars? Do you think that there are extra-terrestrials there?
9. Have you ever seen or used the Canadarm?
10. How many liters of fuel does it take to go from Earth to the Space Station?
11. What do you like to do in your free time?
12. What is the first thing that you see in the morning when you wake up?
13. Is there a toilet? How do you use it?
14. How do you wash yourselves?
15. Why did you want to become an astronaut?
16. How do you avoid asteroids?
17. Why is there a Space Station?
18. How many people work on the space station and what countries do they come from?
19. Can you see the other side of the moon from the space station?
20. How long does it take for you to travel from Earth to the Space Station and how fast do you move?


Success to the school and listening in ground stations!



Gaston Bertels ON4WF

ARISS-Europe chairman