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The ARISS team is pleased to announce that the next contact by

The ARISS team is pleased to announce that the next contact by 
International Space Station (ISS) astronauts is scheduled 
to take place next Wednesday, February 4, 2004 at approximately 
1755 UTC with students at James Bay Elementary School in 
Houston, Texas.

The connection will be via amateur radio with the space 
station side of the contact possibly audible to listeners 
in the South West United States and portions of Mexico 
on the ISS downlink frequency 145.80 MHz.  The Space Station 
will be using the call NA1SS to contact station W5RRR.

Student will be asking the following questions is:
* How far is the Space Station from earth in miles and kilometers?
* Can you see changes in weather patterns on earth from space?
* Can you detect changes in landforms on earth from the International Space Station?
* Are you able to see and measure sunspots from the International Space Station?
* Can you see the phases of the Moon and do they look the same as they do from earth?
* In what direction do plants grow in micro gravity?
* Can you wear contact lenses in space and if so how do they stay on the surface of your eyes?
* Does water have the same boiling and melting points in space?
* Do your taste buds still work the same in zero gravity?
* Do people snore in space like on earth and does it sound the same?
* What has been your hardest adjustment to life on the ISS?
* Have you seen any meteors or space dust fly by the ISS?
* Can you really see the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt from the International Space Station?
* Does your hair and fingernails grow at the same rate in space as on earth and do you give each other haircuts?
* Can you see rainbows and lightening occurring on earth from the ISS?
* Does evaporation occur at the same rate in space as on earth and does water dry quickly on your clothes?
* What is one item you wish you could have taken with you to the ISS from home?
* Is it hard to fall asleep on the ISS and can you describe your first night sleeping there?
* How do you use reading, writing, and math in your daily life on the International Space Station?
* What advice do you have for children in school today about their education?

The James F. Bay Elementary School is dedicated to providing 
excellent education and ensuring all students attain their maximum 
potential.  The school excels in mathematics and technology through its 
action Student Council, Bay Eagle Choir, Art Club, Tech Kids Club, 
Challenge Classes, and the Texas State Champion Bay Eagle Robotics 

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 

Further information on the ARISS programme is available at 
the website http://www.rac.ca/ariss

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

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