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ARISS Event: Monroe Elementary School, California


The next school contact by International Space Station 
(ISS) astronauts is scheduled to take place Wednesday, 
December 17, 2003 at approximately 1622 UTC with students 
at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Barbara, California
in the U.S. The connection will be via amateur radio 
with the space station side of the contact possibly 
audible to citizens of southern California on the ISS 
downlink frequency 145.80 MHz.

Monroe Elementary School, located near the Pacific Ocean 
on the Santa Barbara Mesa, has been named a California 
Distinguished School Award winner three times (1987, 
1997, 2002).  The school serves 540 K-6 children with a 
professional staff of a principal, 27 regular credentialed 
teachers, two special education teachers, and a support 
staff of health assistant, speech therapist, child guidance 
counselor, instrumental music teacher, librarian, and 

The amateur radio station of the school, 
will be KA6OFZ.  The astronauts on board the space 
station will use the callsign NA1SS.

The contact is expected to be in English.  And the 
following questions are a sample of what students will ask 
during the 10 minute adventure.  

"What do you think is the most interesting planet?"
"What would you like to see most if you could see anything?"
"What does it feel like to have all the pressure on
you when you liftoff?"

The full list of question will be published with the final 
update for the event.

ARISS is an international educational outreach program 
with US participation from NASA, AMSAT (The Amateur 
Satellite Radio Corp.), and the American Radio Relay 
League. ARISS offers an opportunity for students to 
experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking 
directly with crewmembers on-board the International Space 
Station. Teachers, parents and communities experience, 
first hand, how Amateur Radio and crew members on ISS can 
energize youngsters interest in science, technology, and 
learning. Further information on the ARISS programme is 
available on the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss

Thank you & 73,
Scott Lindsey-Stevens / N3ASA
ARISS Team Member

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