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ARISS Success: Monroe Elementary School



Astronauts aboard the International Space Station successfully contacted students at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Barbara,
California via the ARISS programme (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station).  Contact was made on Wednesday, December 17,
2003 at approximately 16:22 UTC (8:22 am PST) via amateur radio equipment aboard the space station.

During their brief adventure, students asked astronaut Mike Foale 2 questions each about living and working in space including:

“What made you want to be an astronaut?”
“Where did you go to college?”
“What do you have to study to become an astronaut?”
“How do the rings around a planet stay in place?”

About 150 to 200 people attended including all fourth grade classes, teachers, administrators, parents, radio operators, and the
press.

Two local television news stations featured the event on their early evening and late evening newscasts that night.  Additionally,
the "Santa Barbara News-Press" ran an article on the contact in the front section of the December 18 edition of the newspaper.

Thanks to Dr. Foale and the ARISS team for their inspirational work.


ARISS is a joint educational outreach programme between NASA, AMSAT (The Amateur Satellite Radio Corp.), the American Radio Relay
League, the international partners in the Space Station programme, and international amateur radio organizations.  ARISS offers an
opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking directly with crewmembers of the International
Space Station. Teachers, parents and communities see how Amateur Radio can energize youngsters about science, technology, and
learning.

Further information can be found on the ARISS website http://www.rac.ca/ariss/ or by e-mailing Rosalie White, K1STO, k1sto@arrl.org.


Scott Lindsey-Stevens, N3ASA
ARISS Team Member


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