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ARISS Event: Gilmour Academy Contact FRIDAY

The next school contact by International Space Station (ISS) astronauts is scheduled to take place Friday, January 2, 2004 at
approximately 1400 UTC with students at the Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio, USA. The connection will be direct via amateur
radio with the space station side of the contact possibly audible to citizens of the United States and Canada near the Ohio region.
The ISS downlink frequency is 145.80 MHz.

Gilmour Academy is a two-division private school with a Catholic tradition.  Gilmour is located in the Village of Gates Mills, which
is 25 miles east of the center of Metropolitan Cleveland, Ohio.  The lower school is Montessori through 6th grade, and the upper
school is 7th through 12th grades.  The Academy has an amateur radio station, ND8GA, which is located in the upper school where our
enrollment (Grades 7-12) is approximately 400 students.

The contact will be conducted in English. The questions students plan to pose to astronauts are included below, so listeners to the
downlink can better follow the contact:

1.  How have you been able to exercise in zero gravity?
2.  I heard zero-g is unpleasant at first.  Is this true?
3.  Do you think that maybe one day kids will be able to travel to the space station?
4.  What kind of experiments are you doing?
5.  Has the damage from the SOYUZ crash been repaired?
6.  How does it feel to be detached from our natural environment, where we were meant to live?
7.  How do you keep from getting lonely or claustrophobic?
8.  Does the station have a backup power supply, and if it does,  how long can it be used for?
9.  Can you see the earth rotate from space?
10. What made you want to become an astronaut, and why?
11. Are you able to maintain good health and nutrition by eating space food?
12. When does the next module come up?
13. When you are up in space, what do the planets and stars look like up close?  Are they swirls of color or one solid color?
14. Could a woman conceive a child in no gravity?
15. Because you cannot take a regular shower, is there a pervasive odor?
16. If you were to give advice to an astronaut going up into space for the first time, what would you say?
17. Do you go outside of the station; if so, what is space like?
18. How many times do you get to talk to your family every year?
19. Can you tell there are mountains from space? Can you see the Rocky Mountains and do they look different than the plains?
20. What special celebration will you do, or did you do, for the holiday season?

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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