ARISS contact with school in Australia. Downlink audible in Europe


An International Space Station school contact is scheduled with participants at  Christ the King School, Adelaide, South Australia, Wednesday March 20, 2013. The event is to begin at approximately 7:15 UTC, which is 8:15 CEWT.  


The contact will be a telebridge operated by IK1SLD, located in north Italy. Interested parties in Europe are invited to listen to dowlink signals on 145.800 MHz FM. The contact will be conducted in English.


Students are ages 10 and under.


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


1. Connor:  How do you keep yourselves entertained when you are not working? Do you have free time?


2. Lilly:  How do you go to the toilet when there is no gravity? Do you have a normal toilet that flushes?


3. Jack: What do you actually do up there? What is your job?


4. Cleo: Are there every day things we do on Earth, that you need to do differently in space?


5. Lucas: How long does it take to reach space and go into orbit from the launch time?


6. Harper: How do you eat your food and what types of food do you get to eat?


7. Jaydan: Do you have video consoles to play and if so, what are your favourite games?


8. Charlotte:  How do you get in and out of the Space Station?


9. Lewis: Is the Space Station more like a house or a plane? Do you have much room?


10. Ruby: What are some of the side effects on your body and mind from being in space for a long time?


11. Ben: How do you stay healthy in space? Do you eat lots of healthy food and do exercise?


12. Connor: When did you become an astronaut and why?


13. Lucas:  How long do spend up in space at any one time?


14. Jaydan: Do you have ‘night and day’ on the space station? How does this affect your sleep?


15.  Ruby: Has your experience in space given you an awe inspiring feeling of being part of a much bigger picture?


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

ARISS Chairman