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Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2002-02-06 03:00 UTC



Upcoming ARISS Contact Schedule as of 2002-02-06 03:00 UTC

The ARISS operations team wishes to announce the following very tentative 
schedule for ARISS school contacts.  This schedule is very fluid and may 
change at the last minute.  Remember that amateur radio use on the ISS is 
considered secondary.  Please check the various AMSAT and ARISS webpages for 
the latest announcements.  Changes from the last announcement are noted with 
(***).  Also, please check MSNBC.com for possible live retransmissions 
(http://www.msnbc.com/m/lv/default.asp).

ISS Expedition 4 hams:
Yuri Onufrienko RK3DUO
Carl Walz KC5TIE
Dan Bursch KD5PNU


Quogue Union Free School District, New York, USA; direct via N2RBU
TBD (***)
Audio via IRLP http://live365.com/stations/253404

Vestal Senior High School, Vestal, NY, USA; direct via N2SPI 
1st choice Wednesday 2002-02-13 18:59 UTC 57 degree direct
2nd choice Thursday 2002-02-14 18:00 UTC 25 degree direct

Oberschule fuer Geometer "Peter Anich", Italy
1st choice Wednesday 2002-02-20 13:12 UTC telebridge via VK5ZAI
2nd choice TBD

Kursk's Technical University, Kursk, Russia; direct via RW3WWW
Week TBD between 2002-02-25 and 2002-03-08

Harrogate Ladies College, Harrogate, UK; direct via GB2HC
Week TBD between 2002-02-25 and 2002-03-08

Deep Creek Elementary School, Oregon USA; direct via K7RAT
Week of 2002-03-04 or 2002-03-11

Zeehan Primary, Zeehan, Tasmania, Australia; direct via VK7KHZ
Mid March 2002

Butte High School, Montana, USA
Friday 2002-02-01 @ 20:16 UTC telebridge via VK5ZAI
Congrats to Butte for a successful ARISS contact!

From: Gene Chapline, K5YFL ARISS Operations

ARISS contact with Butte High School, Butte, MT

Friday, February 1, 2002. Some tough questions required some thoughtful and 
detailed answers Friday from astronaut Dan Bursch, KD5PNU. Bursch represented 
the International Space Station's Expedition Four crew during an interview 
with seven high school physics students at Butte High School in Butte, 
Montana. The Q and A session was the crew's second school contact arranged by 
ARISS, a joint effort of AMSAT, ARRL and NASA. 

   Student Oliver Huang asked a two-pronged question, wanting to know whether 
chemical reactions that normally precipitate on Earth also do the same in 
microgravity, and whether bones heal the same in microgravity as on Earth. 
Bursch took the time to answer the question properly, explaining that on 
board the ISS some chemical reactions work differently because the densities 
of various compounds cause the compunds to mix in unexpected ways. As for the 
question about bones, Bursch said that he didn't know for sure, but that his 
best guess was that bones heal differently in microgravity, and that the 
stress of gravity led to quicker healing for fractured bones. Bursch 
speculated that if one of the crew should suffer a fracture, the doctors on 
the ground would prescribe some sort of stress on the bone to aid healing. 

   Lori Stenson asked,"How long does your oxygen supply last during an EVA?" 
Bursch answered, "It depends on the suit," but went on to explain that even 
though the crew's spacesuits have eleven hours worth of oxygen, the real 
limiting factor was the suit's lithium hydroxide, which is capable of 
scrubbing carbon dioxide from the air for only nine hours. 

   About 90 science students were present for the interview, and 30 of them 
were ready to ask questions.  Reporters from the local newspaper and 
television station were on hand, and two local radio stations, KBOW and KRBM, 
broadcast the interview live. MSNBC also carried the event live on its 
website.

Coordinating teacher Sandy Shutey exclaimed afterwards,"This was absolutely 
fantastic! It's one of the best things we've ever done!" She went on to 
explain that the event was a hands-on culmination of her students' 
several-months' study of space topics.  

   Bursch and his crewmates Yuri Onufrienko, RK3DUO, and Carl Walz, KC5TIE, 
passed over Australia during the telebridged session. Radio contact with Tony 
Hutchison, VK5ZAI, in Paringa, was relayed by Worldcom, Inc., to Butte. Roy 
Neal, K6DUE, moderated the event, and ARISS mentor Tim Bosma, W6ISS, helped 
the students prepare for the contact.


Please visit the Iruma Children's Center webpage.  Satoshi Yasuda 7M3TJZ 
reports that they have a video file from their recent contact.  The file is 
big and may be found at carnation.ier.hit-u.ac.jp.  Please download from 
carnation.ier.hit-u.ac.jp/pub/ariss with anonymous ftp. File name is 
sample.mpg  (20,762,616) and sample.wmv (3,747,967).

   We used three screens using PC projector.  One which is on top of our club 
flag displayed the tracking of ISS using Winorbit. The left screen displayed 
the question of each student (including English and Japanese).  The right 
screen displayed Japanese which is translated simultaneously by two English 
teachers. One English teacher is native speaker of English and another one is 
Japanese English teacher. Both teachers teach in Junior high school.


Currently the ARISS operations team has a list of over 40 schools that we 
hope will be able to have a contact during 2002.   As the schedule becomes 
more solidified, we will be letting everyone know.  Current plans call for an 
average of one scheduled school contact per week.

73,
Charlie Sufana AJ9N
One of the ARISS operation team mentors
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