Tuesday April 9, ARISS contact with school in Canada. Downlink audible in Europe


An International Space Station school contact is scheduled with participants at  Sir George Simpson Jr. High, Albert, AB, Canada, Tuesday April 9, 2013. The event is to begin at approximately 20:00 UTC, which is 22:00 CEST. 


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.


School presentation:


Sir George Simpson Public School is a junior high located in St. Albert, Alberta.  Currently, we have approximately 540 students enrolled in a variety of programs.


Our school houses several programs: English, French Immersion, Academic Challenge, Learning Assistance, Opportunity, Knowledge and Employability, and Behaviour Improvement.


While learning in their respective programs, all students are invited to rally around our school motto: “Spirit, Growth, Success” in both thought and action.


Simpson offers many extracurricular activities such as Social Justice, Cheerleading, Art Club and our SABLE high altitude balloon club.


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


1. Faith: Does the absence of gravity aboard the ISS affect intracranial pressure?


2. Mike: Si vous pouviez rapporter un souvenir de l'espace, un objet, qu’est-ce vous souhaiteriez apporter su la Terre?


3. Charlea: Do the stars appear brighter from the ISS as compared to Earth and why?


4. Anna: Как вы очистите пространство станции и сделать вашу прачечную?


5. Caleb: If you could have been anything other than an astronaut, what profession would you have chosen?


6. Nicole: Quelle est l’experience la plus difficile que vous avez terminé dans l'espace?


7. Georgia: What cultural experiences have you shared with your fellow astronauts?


8. Celyn:  Comment se passe un journee dans l'espace, quelle est votre horaire?


9. Caleb: What do you think would be a beneficial addition to the ISS?


10. Meghan W: Je sais sur l’ISS tu vous le soleil se lever et se coucher environ 16 fois par jour. Est-ce ea mélange tes habitudes de sommeil?


11. Georgia: How is Wi-Fi made available on the ISS and where does the signal come from?


12. Patrick: Quand est-ce que tu as appris à jouer la guitare et pourquoi est-ce que t apporté ta guitare en espace?


13. Faith: In the event of colonization of Mars how will dairy products be provided?


14.  Mike: Dans l'espace, est-ce que tu peux voir la pollution? Est-ce qu’il y a un endroit qui est plus pollué que les autres?


15. Charlea: Would the smell or taste of food be different if it was grown in space?


16. Celyn: Est-ce que tu peux voir l’Aurores Boréalis?


17. Caleb: Can you feel jet lagged in space?


18. Pat: Est-ce que tu peux voir toutes les planètes dans l'espace?


19. Georgia: What personal items are you allowed to bring? Is there a maximum mass or volume?


20. Meghan W:  Est-ce que tu vas en dehors de la station spatiale?


21. 7 MUR: Is there a difference in the resonance of your guitar or the sustain and sound of the strings in zero G as opposed to Earth?


22. Nicole: Comment est-ce que l’espace a influence ta vie quotidienne et tes valeurs et croyances?


23. Tammy, Nicole, and Rob: Si tu pouvais prendre quelqu'un avec toi, qui serait-il? Pourquoi?



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