Wednesday April 17, ARISS contact with school in Canada. Downlink audible in Europe


An International Space Station school contact is scheduled with participants at  John McCrae High School, Nepean, Ontario, Canada. The event is to begin at approximately 18:05 UTC, which is 20:05 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:

John McCrae Secondary school is named after the Canadian poet and doctor who during World War I, wrote the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields".  With this heritage in mind our school hosts large community Remembrance Day ceremonies every November 11 and celebrates community works of art in the "Red Poppy" gallery. 

John McCrae students consistently rank among the best academic performers in the province, gaining post secondary acceptance across North America and winning many entrance scholarships.  Our specialty High Performance Athlete program attracts some of the best young athletes in Ottawa and they have contributed to several recent provincial championships.

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


1. Do you ever get claustrophobic and/or have you ever been ill while in Space?


2. Would you be interested in undertaking a long term mission to another planet ?


3. Do other celestial bodies appear different from space station than from earth?


4. Do physical properties like heat radiation, conduction etc, change in Space?


5. When inside a Space Suit, how do you deal with an itch, sickness or possible vomiting?


6. Have you ever seen odd or unexplained sites going past Space Station?


7. What kinds of technology do you have for contacting family or for entertainment?


8. Are most foods and drink available or are you restricted on what you consume?


9. What are the struggles, personal, professional and political on Space Station?


10. What inspired you and what was the most challenging issue in becoming an astronaut?


11. What expansion/ improvements would you like to see on the ISS?


12. What are the day to day activities of the commanding officer on Space Station?


13. Do Physiological functions like sneezing, coughing change in zero gravity?


14. How do you orient yourself, do you use instruments for showing/finding direction?


15. How is personal hygiene managed and how is human waste dealt with?


16. As a Canadian Commanding Space Station, who do you answer too?


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