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ARISS Event Wednesday: Monroe Elementary School, California Final Update


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 
questions students plan to pose to astronauts are 
included below, so listeners to the downlink can 
follow the contact.

1. What do you think is the most interesting planet?
What would you like to see most if you could see anything?  

2. What made you want to be an
astronaut?  Where did you go to college? 

3. Where do you get oxygen?  How long can you stay up

4. Do you feel how fast you're going?  What orbit are you
in now? 

5. What do you have to study to become an astronaut?
How do the rings around a planet stay in place? 

6. What does it feel like to have all the pressure on
you when you liftoff?  Is it scary knowing that it's dangerous? 

7. What do you miss most when you're up there?  What
surprised you the most on your first trip? 

8. Do you ever have free time?  Is it hard to do
experiments without gravity? 

9. Can you see other planets?  What do the stars look

10. How long does it take for you to orbit Earth?  What
is the maximum speed of the space station? 

11. Is it difficult to sleep?  Do you get motion sickness?

12. Do you go on spacewalks?  Are there many windows? 

13. How many people can fit on the space station?  Are
all astronauts ham radio operators? 

14. What types of food do you eat?  How often does a
supply ship go there? 

15. How do you take a bath?  If there were an emergency
what would you do? 

16. Do you think there's life on other planets?  How long
do you have to go to college to be trained?  

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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